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Luxury

Best of Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar

Hanoi to Mandalay
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Trip Code: VEMRM31
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  • Map & Itinerary
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Trip Highlights

Mahamuni Buddha

Visit Mahamuni Buddha Temple and see the Mahamuni Buddha Statue

Hanoi's Sights

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

Bagan Sunset

Watch the sunset over the plains glittering in gold from a viewing platform, complete with a glass of wine

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 26 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in six locations
  • Seven-night Mekong River cruise aboard the RV AmaLotus
  • 14-night Irrawaddy River cruise aboard the RV Samatha
  • Complimentary beverages on board your cruise*
  • Finest dining - a total of 84 meals

Map & Itinerary

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Asia Map VEMRM31 2017/18

Hanoi to Mandalay

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

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Give your holiday a personal touch with a choice of included sightseeing or dining options

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

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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Take a kayak or bamboo boat out to explore Vung Vieng fishing village before your ship returns to shore. Travel to Hanoi and fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

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

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Today, perhaps journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan, then attend a memorial service at Long Tan Cross. Or, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

In Ho Chi Minh City this evening, enjoy a Luke Nguyen-inspired degustation dinner with matching wines at Xu Restaurant.


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

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.


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. 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.

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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 where you’ll enjoy a rickshaw ride. 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 Pagod. 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). Your other options are a visit to the National Museum of Cambodia or a guided city tour in a tuk tuk.


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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Enjoy a free morning in Phnom Penh. 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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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.

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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. Afterwards, you’ll return to your ship and cast off towards Prek K’dam on the Tonle Sap. This evening, celebrate the end of your cruise with a Farewell Dinner.

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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 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 Angkor Wat, said to be the world’s largest single religious monument. Return to your hotel for breakfast and some time at leisure. This afternoon, 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.

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  • Breakfast
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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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  • Dinner

Fly to Yangon today. On arrival, be met at the airport and transferred to the Irrawaddy River where you’ll board your river ship. Later, head back to the city to view Shwedagon Pagoda, glittering in gold at sunset. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner on board.

Stay: 14 Nights: aboard APT’s brand-new boutique river ship, the RV Samatha

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

Perhaps travel by train to discover some of the city’s best kept secrets; join a city walking tour; or gain an insight into Yangon’s arts scene.


This afternoon, admire the views of endless rice fields and traditional stilt houses perched high over the water as your ship leisurely cruises along the river.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy the morning on board your ship as you cruise to Danuphyu, where General Maha Bandula led a famous Burmese defensive against British troops in the First Anglo-Burmese War. Here, visit a cheroot (cigar) workshop.

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Cruise onwards today to the quiet riverside township of Myanaung. Here, a guided walking tour will take you past a range of well-preserved colonial houses and on to the bustling local market.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Take in views of the Akauk Mountains and their river-facing cliff carvings as you cruise to Pyay for a walking tour. See a selection of pagodas, including the imposing Shwesandaw Pagoda, one of the country’s most revered religious sites. Later, travel to the ancient ruins at the old Pyu kingdom capital, Sri Ksetra, meaning ‘City of Splendour’.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruise into Thayetmyo, a port town that once sat on the border between upper and lower Myanmar. Here, enjoy a fascinating tour of the historic colonial-era post office before taking a swing at Myanmar’s very first golf course.

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Stop in the town of Minhla to visit the historic Minhla Fort. Later, cruise to Magwe and head up to the Mya Tha Lun Pagoda.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruise to the village of Salay to visit Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region’s oldest surviving wooden monastery. Continue to Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya, home to the country’s largest lacquer Buddha image.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Today, enjoy drinks and canapes as you watch the sun set over the temple-studded plains of Bagan.


Climb Tantkyi Hill to visit the Tantkyitaung pagoda.

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  • Dinner

After exploring the temples and pagodas of the Bagan Archaeological Zone, take a private horse and cart ride; enjoy a shopping tour; or ascend Mount Popa. Later, visit a lacquerware workshop.

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  • Dinner

Dock at the village of Yandabo and learn how the local people make terracotta pots from the Irrawaddy River clay.

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On a tour of Inwa by horse-drawn cart, see Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery and the Bagaya Monastery, built in 1593.

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  • Dinner

In Sagaing, explore Soon U Ponya Shin and Kaunghmudaw pagodas. Later, cruise to Mingun and see the second-largest ringing bell in the world.

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  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Later this afternoon, cruise along the U Bein Bridge at sunset and enjoy a glass of champagne.


Your discovery of Mandalay includes the Mahamuni Buddha Temple, Kuthodaw Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery and more.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark your ship for the final time after breakfast this morning and transfer 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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Side view of the river ship Rv Samatha exterior cruising the Irrawaddy River
RV Samatha

Offering a comfortable journey along the Irrawaddy River, RV Samatha is the most luxurious vessel to grace these waters

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