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Luxury

Spiritual Cambodia and The Mekong

11 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: VEM11
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 10 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice inclusions in two locations
  • Luxury dining – a total of 26 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
  • Seven-night cruise aboard the Mekong Serenity
  • Expert cruise and tour directors
  • Experience the sun rising above Cambodia’s Angkor Wat
  • Be welcomed into a traditional Buddhist Blessing Ceremony

Map & Itinerary

Vietnam & Cambodia Map 2021-22 VEM11
Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

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™

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

Welcome to Siem Reap. We’ll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your luxurious hotel in the heart of the city. Once you’ve settled in, enjoy the day at your leisure.

Stay: Three Nights, Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel Angkor

Meet your tour director and fellow travellers at a welcome briefing before heading to Angkor Archaeological Park. Here, discover the last capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, and the 12th-century temple of Bayon. This afternoon, explore the temple of Ta Prohm, a World Heritage-listed site famous for its intertwined trees. Later, visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA), a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged children. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and traditional Apsara dance performance, once reserved for the royal family’s entertainment.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit Angkor Archaeological Park to enjoy a special sunrise experience at Angkor Wat. As the sun rises over this World Heritage-listed monument, stand before the silhouette of the temple’s tips, while brilliant shades of orange and pink light up the sky.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps visit the temple of Wat Preah Prom Rath and participate in a Buddhist blessing. Maybe enjoy an exciting tuk tuk ride to the Senteurs d’Angkor workshop, where you can shop for local handmade crafts. Should you wish to get active, take off on a thrilling quad bike adventure, or enjoy a leisurely bicycle tour across the Cambodian countryside. If you wish to take things a little easier, a horse and cart ride is ideal, or learn the tasty secrets to Khmer cuisine during a cooking class. For those craving a little retail therapy, a shopping adventure awaits. Or if you desire the ultimate indulgence, surrender to a soothing spa treatment.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Tonight, take the opportunity to savour a taste of Cambodia with a choice of local restaurants for dinner.


Rise early this morning and travel back to Angkor Archaeological Park for a special Signature Experience. Afterwards, enjoy a guided exploration of this well-preserved temple, then return to your hotel for breakfast. This afternoon, a choice of sightseeing awaits.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Angkor Wat in Cambodia during sunset

Bid farewell to Siem Reap and journey through remote Cambodian villages to Kampong Cham. Here, embark the Mekong Serenity, your home for the next seven nights. Following lunch on board, jump in a tuk tuk and explore the island of Koh Pen. Travelling through shaded lanes, keep an eye out for wooden stilted houses tucked among palm and sandalwood trees. You can see a varying range of crops growing depending on the season, including tobacco, betel nuts, watermelons or coconuts and many more tropical fruits. Tonight, an exclusive Luke Nguyen welcome dinner awaits, showcasing the diverse flavours from the region of the celebrity chef’s heritage.

Stay: Seven Nights, Mekong River, Mekong Serenity

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Take a walking discovery of Angkor Ban, one of the few villages in Cambodia that was not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Here, people still live in their traditional wooden abodes and keep ancient cultural traditions alive. Later, your ship glides along the lush banks of the Mekong to Oknha Tey, renowned for its silk weaving traditions. Here, gain an insight into the traditional process that has been preserved for centuries. Afterwards, return to your river ship, where you’ll relax and unwind before delicious onboard dining tonight.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

In Oudong, be treated to a Buddhist Blessing Ceremony at a monastery.


Disembark in Phnom Penh and discover Oudong, a place of pilgrimage for Cambodians. While here, enjoy a Signature Experience. On the way back to your ship, take a leisurely stroll through the village of Koh Chen and perhaps visit some home workshops that make copperware. The afternoon is yours to explore Phnom Penh as you wish. Tonight before dinner, be treated to a special Khmer folk performance.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Experience some of Cambodia’s sobering history with a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields. Afterwards, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Otherwise, discover Phnom Penh on a tuk tuk ride past the railway station and the city’s namesake, Wat Phnom. You will also stop to haggle for a bargain at the Central Market. History buffs can embark on a visit to the National Museum, while the active can hop on a leisurely bike ride through the quiet back roads. After lunch, perhaps explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, partake in some retail therapy on a shopping expedition, or take a little high tea indulgence accompanied by panoramic views over Phnom Penh.


Today presents a wealth of included sightseeing choices. After lunch back on board, more choices are presented.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Independence Monument, Phnom Penh

Depart Phnom Penh for a morning at leisure as your cruise continues along the Mekong. This afternoon, perhaps take in a fruit-carving demonstration by one of the ship’s chefs while border formalities are carried out as you cross into Vietnam. Upon entering, your ship will continue cruising towards Tan Chau.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around the riverside town of Tan Chau. Cruise past a floating fish farm, then step ashore for a rickshaw tour of Tan Chau. On board your rickshaw, you’ll glide past shops, rice wine rooms and friendly locals who are always eager to say hello. Stop to pay a visit to a local silk and rattan weaving workshop. 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 river ship. Perhaps take a moment to watch local life gently glide by.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruise towards the quaint town of Sa Dec. It was here 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. This afternoon, continue to Cai Be and step ashore to visit the French Gothic cathedral and the colourful port area filled with crumbling colonial buildings and flowering gardens. Afterwards, you’ll visit a rice paper manufacturer and learn about how this Vietnamese staple is made.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark in My Tho and continue to Ho Chi Minh City before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.

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  • Breakfast

In an age where it is easier to criticise than compliment, I would like you to know how very impressed we were with both the trip and more especially your tour guide Mr Ngo Van LUC.