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Linked by the mighty Mekong River, Vietnam and Cambodia abound with magnificent carved temples, lush landscapes, and cities where rich imperial and colonial legacies mingle. Encounter the incomparable treasures of Angkor, and then set off on a river voyage to Vietnam's Mekong Delta aboard the elegant Jahan. Explore traditional villages and gain insight into the daily lives of farmers, monks, and craftspeople.
Sail the Mekong River on a seven-night cruise aboard the elegant new riverboat Jahan.
Watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat and spend two full days immersed in the splendor of Angkor's temples and palaces.
Explore the vibrant cities of Phnom Penh and Saigon, and experience rural life on visits to floating homes, farms, and traditional villages.
Witness the revitalization of Cambodian arts at a dance performance and during a visit to a workshop.
Itinerary - 14 Days
Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Siem Reap, Cambodia
Depart for Siem Reap and arrive the following evening.
Settle into our stunning Khmer-style hotel,
perched on the banks of the Siem Reap River. La Residence d’Angkor
Days 3 & 4 — Angkor
Rise early to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat. This 12th-century Khmer temple, one of the world’s largest religious monuments, is adorned with elaborate bas-reliefs and sculptures. Ride a tuk-tuk, or motorized rickshaw, to the walled city of Angkor Thom, and discover the shrines of Ta Prohm and the Bayon Temple. Visit a workshop where local youth are trained in age-old Khmer arts. La Residence d'Angkor (B,L,D; B,D)
Day 5 — Kampong Cham
Drive to the bustling town of Kampong Cham, and embark the Jahan, our home for the next seven nights. (B,L,D)
Day 6 — Wat Hanchey/Angkor Ban
At Wat Hanchey, see a variety of temples, including an eighth-century temple from the pre- Angkor Chenla period. Continue to the village of Angkor Ban, and encounter its traditional houses and friendly residents. Jahan (B,L,D)
Day 7 — Kampong Chhang/Kampong Tralach
Visit a village where artisans make traditional pottery, and board local boats to see the clus- tered houses and shops that float in midstream. At Kampong Tralach, take an oxcart ride through rice paddies to a Buddhist temple. Jahan (B,L,D)
Day 8 — Phnom Penh
Explore the Cambodian capital by cyclo (bi- cycle taxi), and visit the Royal Palace and the National Museum of Cambodia. Learn about the reign of the Khmer Rouge on a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. This evening, enjoy a dance performance. Jahan (B,L,D)
Day 9 — Cruising the Mekong
Take in views of everyday life along the river, attend talks by our experts, and join our chefs to learn how to cook regional dishes. Cross the border into Vietnam. Jahan (B,L,D)
Day 10 — Tan Chau, Vietnam
Friendly Tan Chau has one of Vietnam’s most interesting markets, with an astonishing variety of tropical fruits, vegetables and other goods. Visit a small floating market and a fish farm, where we see fish being fed through trap doors in the platforms. In the afternoon, continue sailing the Mekong. Jahan (B,L,D)
Day 11 — Sa Dec/Cai Be
Take a local boat up a tributary to experience rural
life in the Mekong Delta. See the floating market of Cai Be, step into a rice “factory” to watch rice-based candies
being made, and cruise among floating markets and fish farms. Jahan (B,L,D)
Day 12 — My Tho/Saigon
Disembark in My Tho and visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda. Then journey to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and check into the Park Hyatt Saigon. This afternoon, meet with a local expert on Vietnam’s modern history. Park Hyatt Saigon (B,L,D)
Days 13 & 14 — Saigon/U.S.
Embark on a tour of Saigon’s landmarks, including the Reunification Palace, headquarters of the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War. This evening, connect with your return flight home. (B; B) (B)
Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts — from naturalists to regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes, and local culture. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.
Paula Swart is an expert on Asian culture
and history, and has been a museum curator for more than 20 years. She is currently Adjunct Curator (Asia) at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Canada. A popular expert on previous National Geographic Expeditions, her travels have taken her to Vietnam and Cambodia numerous times. Paula holds degrees in archaeology, Asian art history, and Chinese history. She speaks five languages, including Mandarin, and has published several books and numerous articles on the art and architecture of Asian cultures. Paula has enjoyed introducing visitors to Asian culture and history for more than 25 years.