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Best of Vietnam and Cambodia

21 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: VEMR21
  • Classic Journey
  • Luxury River Cruise
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation
  • Pricing & Availability

Trip Highlights

Hanoi's Sights

Enjoy a tour of Hanoi’s historic sights on a cyclo ride

Imperial City

Visit Hue’s Imperial Citadel, an impressive walled fortress and palace

Buddhist Blessing

Partake in an authentic Buddhist blessing at the Monastery of Oudong

Inclusions

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 13 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in five locations
  • Everything as detailed including gratuities and onboard entertainment
  • Seven-night Mekong River cruise aboard the RV AmaLotus
  • Complimentary beverages served on board your cruise*
  • Finest dining - a total of 51 meals

Map & Itinerary

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Asia Map 2017 VEMR21

Hanoi to Siem Reap

Reverse Trip

Designed Exclusively for APT guests
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

Be met and transferred to your hotel before a Welcome Dinner this evening.

Stay: Two nights: Hanoi, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

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  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

This evening, choose from one of six different but equally superb restaurants for dinner.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

This afternoon, choose from a range of activities. Perhaps tour the 500-year-old village of Bat Trang and enjoy a pottery class; embark on a walking tour to see Hanoi’s French colonial architecture, then explore the interior of the Hanoi Opera House; or head for Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and enjoy a traditional water puppet show. Other options include a visit to the home of a local artist, where you’ll see some of the artist’s work, or a bicycle tour past Hanoi’s rice paddy fields. Alternatively, you may prefer a foot massage at your hotel.


This morning, a tour of Hanoi will take you to the city’s most famous historical and cultural sites, including Ba Dinh Square and The Temple of Literature. You’ll also take a cyclo ride through the city.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Travel to Ha Long and board a luxurious ship for your three-day cruise on World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay.


Enjoy lunch as you set off cruising through stunning scenery. Drop anchor later at Ban Chan Beach where you can go for a swim or participate in water activities.

Stay: Two Nights: Ha Long Bay, The Elegance Paradise

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  • Breakfast
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  • Dinner

Perhaps enjoy Tai Chi on the sun deck during a leisurely morning on the water. After lunch, sail towards Bai Tu Long Bay for an afternoon spent swimming or kayaking, then visit Thien Canh Son Cave.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, take a kayak or bamboo boat out to visit Vung Vieng fishing village before your ship returns to shore. Disembark and transfer to Hanoi airport for your included flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, take a scenic coach ride to the historic city of Hoi An. Arrive at your five-star hotel situated on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Here you will enjoy three relaxing nights amid Art Nouveau-inspired surrounds.

Stay: Three Nights: Hoi An, Hotel Royal Hoi An

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

This morning, set out on your chosen Freedom of Choice activity. Perhaps take a walking tour of Hoi An, enjoy an eco-tour of the surrounding countryside, learn how to make lanterns with a local craftsman, or join a bicycle tour of the countryside. Alternatively, head to the city’s finest tailors to be fitted for a complimentary shirt or blouse, take a wet rice planting tour; or enjoy some rest and relaxation during an indulgent spa treatment.


With the afternoon then at your leisure, perhaps explore more of bustling Hoi An. Tonight, enjoy a tantalising dinner at one of the city’s restaurants.

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  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

You can experience the true personality of a city at its markets and Hoi An is no exception. Today, you’ll venture into the colourful market to meet vendors and learn about the local ingredients you’ll use later during an exclusive cooking class with the Red Bridge Cooking School.


Take a boat cruise along the Hoi An River to the school and explore the herb garden before learning how to prepare Vietnamese dishes. Then, sample the results of your efforts for lunch.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Your journey continues towards Hue as you travel past the towering Marble Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located south of Da Nang. Visit the beautiful Lang Co Beach then cross the Hai Van Pass, one of the country’s most scenic and stunning hillside roads, as you continue on your way. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch in a lush garden before visiting Hue’s impressive Imperial Citadel and the tallest pagoda in Vietnam, the historic seven-storey Thien Mu Pagoda. Tonight, be treated to an indulgent Emperor Feast, featuring sumptuous royal-inspired Vietnamese cuisine unique to this region.

Stay: Hue, La Résidence Hotel and Spa

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for your included flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Check in to your luxurious hotel and enjoy the rest of the day to explore this fascinating city at your leisure. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights: Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

On the first option, journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan. Afterwards, attend a memorial service at the Long Tan Cross, a memorial erected by the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, which is set in a rubber plantation and marks the site of the Battle of Long Tan. Alternatively, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the war. This evening, enjoy a Luke Nguyen-inspired degustation dinner with matching wines at Xu Restaurant.


Today choose from two unique Signature Experiences before enjoying a Luke Nguyen-inspired dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Choose from our range of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing activities today. Perhaps enjoy a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City, visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Or jump on the back of a motorbike for an exciting city tour. Alternatively, tour the Ky Long Art Villa where you’ll learn about Vietnamese lacquer art and see artist workshops. You may like to try out your culinary skills with a fun cooking class at GRAIN by Luke Nguyen cooking studio or delight in an exciting shopping tour.


Later, transfer to My Tho Port to embark your luxury river ship. Settle in to your suite before an exclusive Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner showcasing the diverse flavours from the region of Luke’s heritage.

Stay: Seven Nights: Cruise the Mekong River aboard APT’s RV AmaLotus

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

A local boat will take you to the river-land town of Cai Be today. Once here, step ashore to visit the French Gothic cathedral as well as the colourful port area, which is filled with crumbling colonial buildings and delightful flowering gardens. The morning then takes you onwards to a rice paper manufacturer where you’ll see how Vietnamese rice paper is made. Lunch will be served back on board later as your ship cruises past scenes of charming rural life towards the quaint town of Sa Dec. This delightfully sleepy locale is where French writer Marguerite Duras met her Vietnamese-Chinese lover, Huynh Thuy Le. On arrival, tour Huynh Thuy Le’s old house and learn the story behind Marguerite Duras’ best-selling novel, The Lover. Later, pay a visit to a traditional Cao Dai temple. Watch visitors and pilgrims come and go, and appreciate the beauty of the building.

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  • Dinner

Transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around the riverside town of Tan Chau. Cruise right past a floating fish farm, then step ashore for a rickshaw tour of Tan Chau. Ride past shops, rice wine rooms and friendly locals eager to say hello. Later, step back in time during a visit to an evergreen island where you’ll experience authentic rural Mekong life. The remainder of today is left free for you to relax on board your luxurious river ship. This afternoon, perhaps take in a fruit-carving demonstration by one of the ship’s chefs while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Cambodia. Alternatively, sit back and watch daily life unfold on the riverbanks before enjoying dinner later this evening. After entering Cambodia, your ship will continue to cruise overnight towards the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE - Sightseeing

Today you may enjoy a guided tour of the dazzling white and gold Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, which is located on the south side of the palace complex and houses many national treasures. Alternatively, you may wish to discover some of Cambodia’s sobering history with a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields, before visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Here, you’ll learn of the atrocities inflicted upon Cambodians during Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime in the mid-to-late 1970s. Your other options are a visit to the National Museum of Cambodia or a guided city tour in a tuk tuk which takes is an exciting way to take in a range of city sights, including the Independence Monument and Wat Phnom, a sacred Buddhist pagoda.


Perhaps rise early to take in Phnom Penh’s glorious river promenade as your ship nears the centre of the bustling capital. After breakfast on board, disembark and join your chosen activity for the day.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

With a free morning at hand in Phnom Penh, you may like to enjoy a restful start to the day and stay aboard your ship. Or, make use of your time in this beautiful city and head out on your own to discover the attractions. Your APT Cruise Director can provide inspiration should you need it. Later in the day, your ship will cruise to remote Koh Chen, a small village specialising in silverware and copperware. Here you’ll visit some of the home-workshops that manufacture handmade copper souvenirs. Watch the clever artisans at work and perhaps purchase a memento of your journey.

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  • Lunch
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Today you’ll step ashore at the port of Prek K’dam and travel by coach to Oudong, the fascinating royal capital of Cambodia from 1618 until 1866. During your time here, you’ll call on a monastery for a Buddhist blessing experience with local monks. Afterwards, continue to the village of Kampong Tralach for a visit to the Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu pagoda. Then, take an exciting ox cart ride through the countryside, passing lush rice fields and smiling locals on your way back to your ship. Once aboard, enjoy a relaxing afternoon before dinner.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today brings you an authentic glimpse into the local way of life as you jump aboard a small boat and head into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Known as the ‘Clay Pot Port’, the local people craft pottery under their stilt homes on the river - a delight to watch. Afterwards, you’ll return to your ship and cast off towards Prek K’dam on the Tonle Sap. This evening, reflect on the days that have just gone by as you enjoy your last night on board your luxury river cruise. Meet your fellow travellers for a pre-dinner drink before celebrating the end of your cruise with a Farewell Dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Tonight in Siem Reap, choose where to enjoy dinner from seven unique and delicious restaurants.


Disembark your ship in Prek K’dam before transferring to your Siem Reap hotel. After settling in, head to World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park to visit the last and most enduring capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, where you’ll see the 12th-century temple, Bayon.

Stay: Three Nights: Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel Angkor

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Rise early this morning and travel back to Angkor Archaeological Park for a glass of champagne as you enjoy a special sunrise experience at Angkor Wat.


After sunrise, enjoy a guided tour of this impressive temple, the best-preserved temple of Angkor and said to be the world’s largest single religious monument. Return to your hotel for breakfast and some time at leisure. This afternoon, you’ll explore the intriguing temple of Ta Prohm, a World Heritage-listed site famous for its bewildering intertwined trees. Later, visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA), a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged children. A free evening then gives you the chance to dine wherever you wish.

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  • Breakfast
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Today, embark on your selected sightseeing activity. Perhaps visit the temple of Wat Preah Prom Rath and participate in a Buddhist blessing; enjoy an exciting tuk tuk ride to the Senteurs d’Angkor workshop, where you can shop for local handmade crafts; participate in a fun Apsara dance class; take off on a thrilling quad bike adventure; enjoy a leisurely bicycle tour across the Cambodian countryside; take a horse and cart ride; partake in a traditional Khmer cooking class; go on a shopping adventure; or perhaps indulge in a relaxing spa treatment.


With the afternoon at leisure, perhaps step out to explore the city independently. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance as part of your Farewell Dinner.

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Enjoy breakfast and a free morning in Siem Reap before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.

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Travel & Accommodation

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Welcome aboard the RV AmaLotus

Experience Vietnam and Cambodia in all-inclusive luxury on a seven-night Mekong River cruise

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Ha Long Bay Cruise

Embark on an exquisite journey over stunning emerald waters and between towering karsts

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