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.
Spend seven nights aboard the elegant Jahan riverboat, exploring the Mekong with our team of experts.
Board local boats to glide between the floating houses of Kampong Chhnang, and ride an oxcart through the rice paddies surrounding Kampong Tralach, where the National Geographic-Lindblad fund financed a community library.
Enjoy a private dinner and traditional music and dance performance at one of Angkor’s temples.
Discover the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine during an onboard cooking class, then disembark to visit a fish farm and a floating market filled with tropical produce.
Itinerary - 15 Days
Days 1, 2, & 3 — U.S./Siem Reap, Cambodia
Depart the U.S. for Siem Reap, crossing the international date line and "losing" a day, arriving on the morning of Day 3. Settle into our stunning Khmer-style hotel,
perched on the banks of the Siem Reap River. La Residence d’Angkor
Days 4 & 5 — 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 6 — 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 7 — 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 8 — 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 9 — 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 10 — 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 11 — 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 12 — 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 13 — 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 14 & 15 — 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)
A dynamic expedition team—including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, naturalists, and cultural specialists—accompanies each departure. They will share their knowledge and insights on wildlife, landscapes, and local culture, and help you get your best photos. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.
Barry Till is curator of Asian art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in Canada. With a wide-ranging knowledge of the continent's history, archaeology, and cultures, Barry has travelled extensively throughout Asia and lectured on numerous expeditions—including trips to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar—for more than thirty years. He has published more than 100 catalogues (including The Buddhist Arts of Asia), books, and articles on various Asian art topics, and is an enthusiastic and engaging speaker. The traveling exhibition of geisha kimonos Barry curated has been displayed at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. In 2008, Barry received the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Museums Association. He speaks fluent Chinese, holds degrees in Far Eastern Studies, and studied at Oxford and at Nanjing University in China.
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.
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