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Luke Nguyen's Vietnam and Mekong River Cruise

Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap
14 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: VEMRLN14
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Cooking Class with Luke

Enjoy a cooking class hosted by Luke at his cooking studio, GRAIN by Luke Nguyen, in Ho Chi Minh City.

Luke Nguyen's Vietnam House

At Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam House in Ho Chi Minh City, be treated to a dinner personally designed by Luke for APT guests.

Sunrise at Angkor Wat

Witness the beauty of Cambodia’s World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat as the sun rises over the temple.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 12 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in three locations
  • Luxury dining – a total of 35 meals
  • Seven-night cruise aboard the RV AmaMekong
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert cruise and tour directors
  • Transfers, porterage, port charges and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Asia Map VEMRLN14 2020 21
Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap

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

Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your luxury hotel to begin your exciting journey.

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

Daily :
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy an exclusive cooking class with Luke at his culinary school, GRAIN by Luke Nguyen, where you’ll learn how to prepare some of his favourite Vietnamese dishes.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit the area in which Luke Nguyen’s parents grew up and meet his extended family of aunties and uncles.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, head to Luke’s own restaurant Vietnam House, for a special dinner menu created by Luke Nguyen.


Meet APT Ambassador Luke Nguyen this morning. He’ll then guide you through the bustling streets of Old Saigon where you’ll wander the atmospheric neighbourhoods. Dodge swarms of motorbikes as they whirl amid the bustling streets. Watch families tending to their bottomless pots of steaming broth. Pass hawkers touting their tasty homemade treats, and observe throngs of locals slurping soup and noodles at roadside stalls.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan, followed by a memorial service at Long Tan Cross, a memorial marking the site of this battle. Erected by the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, it is located in a rubber plantation. Or visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the war. This remarkable tunnel network concealed the Viet Cong and served as supply and communication routes, as well as hospitals and weapon caches.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Head to Vietnam House to dine on a menu created personally by APT Ambassador, Luke Nguyen.


Choose from one of two Signature Experiences today. Tonight, another Signature Experience awaits.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Scooters early evening racing through the streets of Ho Chi Minh City

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, there’s no better dining experience than sitting down to an exclusive Luke Nguyen Vietnamese dinner.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Why not join a motorbike, shopping or walking tour? Or, visit Ky Long Art Villa to learn about Vietnamese lacquer art or enjoy a cooking class at GRAIN by Luke Nguyen cooking studio.


Exploring more of Ho Chi Minh City, select from the array of Freedom of Choice experiences on offer. Later, transfer to My Tho and embark your ship.

Stay: Seven Nights, Mekong River, RV AmaMekong

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

In Cai Be, visit the French Gothic cathedral and port area. Then, at a rice paper manufacturer, learn how this Vietnamese staple is made. Continue to Sa Dec where French writer Marguerite Duras met her Vietnamese-Chinese lover, Huynh Thuy Le. Tour his former home and learn the story behind Marguerite Duras’ best-selling novel, The Lover. After, visit a traditional Cao Dai temple.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This afternoon, take part in an exclusive ‘Get to Know Luke’ session, where APT’s Ambassador and celebrity chef Luke Nguyen will discuss fascinating details of his background and passion for food.


Transfer to a small boat to cruise the tiny tributaries around the town of Tan Chau. Pass a floating fish farm, then step ashore for a fun rickshaw tour and a visit to a local silk and rattan weaving workshop. Later, step back in time as you experience authentic rural Mekong life on a nearby evergreen island. The remainder of today is yours to relax on board and soak up views of the Mekong. Upon entering Cambodia, you’ll cruise towards its enthralling capital, Phnom Penh.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps experience some of Cambodia’s sobering history with a visit to the infamous Killing Fields. Afterwards, see the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Or, discover Phnom Penh on a tuk tuk ride with a stop at the Central Market. History buffs can visit the National Museum or, if you prefer, take a leisurely bike ride through the city’s quiet back roads. After lunch, either explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, enjoy some shopping or indulge in high tea.


Explore Cambodia’s past or present today with a range of Freedom of Choice experiences. After lunch back on board, more choices await. The evening is yours to relax.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Traditional Cambodian palace and grounds

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

In Oudong, pay a visit to a monastery for a Buddhist blessing experience with local monks.


Today, journey to historic Oudong, which was Cambodia’s fascinating royal capital from 1618 until 1866. During your time here, you’ll enjoy a Signature Experience. On the way back to Phnom Penh, take a leisurely stroll through the village of Koh Chen and perhaps visit some home workshops that manufacture copperware. Later, your ship glides along the lush banks of the Mekong to Oknha Tey, which is renowned for its silk manufacturing traditions, preserved over centuries. Here, gain an insight into the traditional silk weaving process. After, return to your river ship to relax before enjoying delicious onboard dining tonight.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Join 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 traditional wooden homes and keep ancient cultural traditions alive. Continuing cruising towards Siem Reap this afternoon, enjoy some time at leisure on board. Perhaps go for a dip in the pool, or kick back on the Sun Deck with a good book and relax as life along the Mekong passes you by.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

If you are feeling active this morning, perhaps set out on a walk to the hilltop pagoda of Wat Hanchey. From here, enjoy views over the Mekong, making it well worth the climb. You’ll find many temples, pagodas and stupas, some dating back to the 8th century. Lunch is back on board, before taking a tuk tuk to explore the island of Koh Pen with its wooden stilt houses and local farming culture. On your ship this evening, toast the end of your cruise during a final farewell dinner.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

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


Disembark your ship in Kampong Cham and transfer to Siem Reap. Then, head to World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park to visit Angkor Thom and the 12th-century temple, Bayon. In Siem Reap tonight, dine in one of the local restaurants.

Stay: Three Nights, Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel Angkor

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

At Angkor Archaeological Park, enjoy a special sunrise experience at Angkor Wat.


Rise early this morning and travel back to Angkor Archaeological Park for a Signature Experience. After experiencing the majesty of World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat, enjoy a guided exploration of what is regarded as Angkor’s best-preserved temple, said to be the world’s largest single religious monument. Relax back at your hotel after breakfast. Then this afternoon, explore the temple of Ta Prohm, a World Heritage-listed site which is famous for its intertwined trees. Later, visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA), a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged children. The evening is at your leisure.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
Ankgor Wat temple reflecting in the still pond on a cloudy day

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps visit the temple of Wat Preah Prom Rath for a Buddhist blessing or enjoy a tuk tuk ride to the Senteurs d’Angkor workshop. If you’re feeling energetic, join a quad bike adventure or take a leisurely bicycle tour through the Cambodian countryside. Other options include a horse and cart ride, a traditional Khmer cooking class, a shopping adventure, or why not indulge in a relaxing spa treatment.


Explore Siem Reap your way today. The afternoon is yours to enjoy as you like, before tonight’s traditional Apsara dance performance and a delicious farewell dinner.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Farewell Siem Reap after breakfast this morning, as you transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Meet Luke Nguyen

Luke will escort guests on this unique gastronomic holiday, offering an authentic look at the region through his eyes.

Swimming Pool on AmaMekong - Artist Impression

Your Floating Luxury Retreat

Absorb the lush landscapes of Vietnam & Cambodia from the deck of your luxury river ship as you glide by on the Mekong River.

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Luxury Hotels

We go to great lengths to ensure the hotels selected throughout Asia deliver a luxury experience on every level.

You could not ask for a better ambassador than Luke Nguyen. He is a very down-to-earth person, who shares his enthusiasm and love of food, and Vietnam.