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Luxury

Best of Vietnam and Cambodia

21 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: VEM21
  • Classic Journey
  • Luxury River Cruise
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Raise a Glass to Angkor Wat

Drink in hand, you'll watch the golden glow of a sun rise over the temples of Angkor Wat.

Old Town Hoi An

Explore the stunning World Heritage-listed Old Town of Hoi An decorated with bright lanterns and twinkling fairy lights.

Ha Long Bay cruise

Absorb the stunning scenery of Ha Long Bay on a three day cruise.

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 14 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in five locations
  • Seven-night Mekong River cruise aboard the RV AmaLotus
  • Everything as detailed including gratuities and onboard lectures
  • Complimentary beverages served on board your cruise*
  • Finest dining - a total of 51 meals

Map & Itinerary

Asia Map VEM21 2019-20

Ho Chi Minh Return

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™ - Sightseeing

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

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

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

Today you’ll arrive in bustling Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Be met and transferred to your luxurious hotel then enjoy the rest of the day to explore this fascinating city at your leisure. Ho Chi Minh City pulses with a vibrant energy that is intoxicating for visitors. Get swept up in the hustle and bustle as you discover its gorgeous French colonial architecture and wide leafy boulevards. Perhaps explore the warren of back alleys, lined with food stalls and vendors offering an array of tantalising local dishes. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at your hotel.

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

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  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Perhaps 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. These tunnels served as Viet Cong hiding spots, supply and communication routes, hospitals and weapon caches, and make for a fascinating visit.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, you’ll be treated to a tantalising Luke Nguyen-crafted menu for a delicious dinner with an Australian accent at Vietnam House.


After breakfast this morning, you are able to choose from two Signature Experiences. Tonight, enjoy another Signature Experience.

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

Perhaps enjoy a leisurely walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City, visiting the Reunification Palace 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.


Spend your final morning in Ho Chi Minh City enjoying your selected sightseeing activity. After, board your included flight to Da Nang and, on arrival take a scenic coach ride to the city of Hoi An on the country’s east coast. Arrive at your five-star hotel situated on the banks of the Thu Bon River, where you will enjoy three relaxing nights amid Art Nouveau-inspired surrounds.

Stay: Three Nights, Hotel Royal Hoi An

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Perhaps take a walking tour of Hoi An; enjoy an eco-tour of the surrounding countryside; pedal a bicycle along the countryside; head to the city’s finest tailors to be fitted for a complimentary shirt or blouse; or enjoy a spa treatment.


It’s time to explore this delightful seaside town as you set out on your selected sightseeing activity. Afterwards, a free afternoon gives you the chance to explore more of Hoi An. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Venture into the city’s colourful market to learn about local ingredients that you’ll use during an exclusive cooking class with the Red Bridge Cooking School. You’ll take a leisurely boat cruise along the Hoi An River to the school and explore the herb garden before learning how to prepare Vietnamese dishes. Sample the results of your efforts at lunch.


You can experience the true personality of a city at its markets, and Hoi An is no exception. Today you’ll celebrate the quaint town with a culinary Signature Experience.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

After breakfast this morning, farewell Hoi An and make your way towards Hue. Travel past the Marble Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located south of Da Nang. Cross the Hai Van Pass, one of the country’s most scenic hillside roads, on your way to Hue. Enjoy lunch in a garden restaurant before visiting Hue’s Imperial Citadel and the tallest pagoda in Vietnam, the historic Thien Mu Pagoda. For dinner, enjoy an Emperor Feast unique to this region featuring royal Vietnamese cuisine.

Stay: Hue, La Résidence Hotel & Spa

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Transfer to the airport for your flight from Hue to Hanoi. This afternoon, a tour of Hanoi will take you to the city’s most famous historical and cultural sites. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square and The Temple of Literature. You’ll also take in the sights during a cyclo ride. Take the rest of the evening to relax and settle in to your new surrounds over dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps tour the 500-year-old village of Bat Trang, world-famous for its pottery. Or, relax and enjoy a foot massage back at your hotel. Embark on a walking tour to observe Hanoi’s French colonial architecture, and explore the interior of the Hanoi Opera House, or take in a water puppet show. Another option is a leisurely bicycle ride past Hanoi’s lush rice paddy fields.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

How your evening evolves is also up to you; choose from a selection of superb local restaurants for dinner.


Spend this morning on your selected Freedom of Choice activity. Then, after a leisurely afternoon, enjoy the freedom to choose where to dine for dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Embark on your luxurious three-day cruise on World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay.


Travel by coach to Ha Long and embark on your cruise. Enjoy lunch on board as you traverse through the stunning scenery of Ha Long Bay and watch as a myriad of unique islands seem to glide past your boat. Later, tour the World Heritage-listed Sung Sot Cave with its thousands of beautiful stalactites. Relax on board during dinner this evening and raise a glass to the beauty of Ha Long Bay.

Stay: Two Nights, Ha Long Bay, The Au Co

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Perhaps enjoy tai chi on the sun deck during a morning spent cruising the bay. After breakfast, your ship will sail towards Bai Tu Long Bay, cruising past the floating villages of Cua Van and Vung Vieng before visiting Cong Dam fishing village by bamboo boat or kayak. After a traditional lunch on board, you will arrive at Cat Ba island to visit the Cat Ba National Park and Viet Hai Village. Here, explore the sights of the island by bike.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, cruise beside the Surprise Grotto and Titov Island. The stunning islands, a slow creation of humid weather and tectonic activity, are a beautiful sight to be greeted with. After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Hanoi airport for your included flight to Siem Reap.

Stay: Three Nights, Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel Angkor

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Head to World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park to visit the last and most enduring capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, and the 12th-century temple of Bayon. This afternoon, you’ll explore the intriguing temple of Ta Prohm, with its stunning ruins, then visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA), a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged local children. This evening, take in an Apsara performance before you enjoy dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Rise early this morning and travel back to the Angkor Archaeological Park to enjoy a special sunrise experience at Angkor Wat with drink in hand.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Dining

An assortment of local restaurants are yours to choose from this evening for dinner.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Freedom of Choice options include an unforgettable Buddhist blessing, a tuk tuk ride to the Senteurs d’Angkor workshop, an Apsara dance class, a quad bike adventure, a leisurely horse and cart ride, a bicycle tour across the countryside, a Khmer cooking class, a shopping trip, or a relaxing spa treatment.


After your Signature Experience at Angkor Wat, embark on a guided tour of the temple and admire the ancient structures in the soft morning light, before breakfast back at your hotel. This afternoon, set out on your chosen Freedom of Choice sightseeing activity. This evening, select from a number of local restaurants for dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Transfer by coach to Prek K’dam today to board your river ship for your eight-day luxury Mekong River cruise. Tonight, join fellow guests in the dining area for an exclusive Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Seven Nights, Mekong River, APT’s RV AmaLotus

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  • Breakfast
  • 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. Here, watch out for water birds and traditional fishing traps near the riverbank. Afterwards, take a coach to Oudong, the fascinating royal capital of Cambodia from 1618 until 1866. Calling in on a local monastery, you are met by Buddhist monks before receiving a special blessing from them – an unforgettable experience. 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. Discuss the day’s adventures over a delicious dinner on board.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, sail to the village of Koh Chen for a walk to visit the fine copperware workshops. Watch the craftsmanship and learn about the process. Later this afternoon, you are free to explore Cambodia’s buzzing capital, Phnom Penh. You might like to wander the streets and familiarise yourself with the city before returning to your luxurious river ship for dinner.

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

Perhaps enjoy a guided tour of the white and gold Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Alternatively, take an 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 Cambodian National Museum or a guided city tour on a tuk tuk.


Step ashore in Phnom Penh this morning and perhaps enjoy a guided tour of the white and gold Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Alternatively, take an 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 Cambodian National Museum or a guided city tour on a tuk tuk.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Relax on board as you cruise towards the Vietnamese border. You might like to attend a fruit-carving demonstration while border crossing formalities are carried out.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau. You’ll cruise past a floating fishing farm, then disembark for a rickshaw tour and a visit to a local silk and rattan weaving workshop. Later, visit an evergreen island and see authentic rural Mekong life.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

In the quaint town of Sa Dec, enjoy a small-boat ride past floating markets, then disembark to visit a Cao Dai temple. You’ll also enjoy a guided tour of Huynh Thuy Le’s old house and learn the story behind Marguerite Duras’ best-selling novel, The Lover. Then continue on to Cai Be. Step ashore to see its French Gothic cathedral, and explore its port area and delight in its colonial buildings and flower gardens. You’ll also visit a local rice paper manufacturer to learn how rice paper is made.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After enjoying breakfast on board, disembark the ship at My Tho and transfer to Ho Chi Minh City for your onward flight.

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  • Breakfast

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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Luxury Hotels and Resorts

Stay in iconic hotels like the Park Hyatt Saigon and Sofitel Hanoi, chosen for world-class service and stylish décor.

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Cruise Aboard the Au Co

Aboard the luxurious Au Co, you'll be treated to the finest service and amenities for your Ha Long Bay cruise.

Virtual Tour

The places we visited were exceptional and we gained an understanding of the people, how they live, the problems they face and their optimistic outlook on life.