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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 an artisan 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, one of the world’s largest religious monuments. Explore the interiors of this 12th-century Khmer temple, adorned with elaborate bas-reliefs and sculptures. Then ride a tuk-tuk, or motorized rickshaw, to the walled city of Angkor Thom, and gaze at the immense stone faces carved into the Bayon Temple. Continue to Ta Prohm, and lose yourself in temples shrouded by tree roots and limbs. 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 structure from the pre-Angkor Chenla period. Continue to the village of Angkor Ban and stop at its traditional houses to meet with 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 clustered communities of floating houses and shops. At Kampong Tralach, ride an oxcart through rice paddies to a Buddhist temple. Jahan (B,L,D)
Day 8 — Phnom Penh
Explore the Cambodian capital by cyclo, or bicycle 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/Ho Chi Minh City
Disembark in My Tho and visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda. Then journey to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and check into our hotel in center of the city. This afternoon, meet with a local expert on Vietnam’s modern history. Park Hyatt Saigon (B,L,D)
Days 13 & 14 — Ho Chi Minh City/U.S.
Embark on a tour of the city landmarks, including the Reunification Palace—headquarters for the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War. This evening, transfer to the airport for your return flight, arriving home the next morning. (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.