Floating markets, riverside villages, untamed jungles, and ornate temples are simply a few of the sights to behold along the mighty Mekong River, the lifeblood of Vietnam and Cambodia. In the 9th century, this river fueled the rise of the Khmer Empire, whose opulent Hindu and Buddhist temples continue to impress visitors, evidence of the advanced civilization that thrived in this remote part of the world.
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- Departure Dates
Oct 7, 2021 - Oct 18, 2021
OPTIONAL POSTLUDE IN LUANG PRABANG, LAOS
October 19-22, 2021
Discover this historic, UNESCO-protected town perched on a narrow peninsula at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers. On a walking tour starting at the Royal Palace, take in gilded temples, saffron-clad monks, faded colonial villas,
and peaceful river scenery. Visit the town’s oldest temple, Wat Visoun, and cruise on a long boat to the famed Pak Ou Caves, home to 4,000 sacred Buddhist artworks. Meet local weavers in a small village, wander a bustling morning market, and tour the ethnic Laotian exhibitions at the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center.
$1,699 per person, double rate
$2,399 single rate
Includes three nights at Avani Luang Prabang Hotel with breakfast daily, one lunch, three dinners. Sightseeing as noted.
Through February 28, 2021, when you make a new reservation for any 2021 trip, your payments to Arrangements Abroad will be 100% refundable until 60 days prior to departure.
Depart U.S. Overnight flights to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon); transfers to hotel; evening at leisure to rest and recover from flight
HO CHI MINH CITY / MY THO / EMBARK THE JAHAN / CAI BE
Drive to My Tho for an early afternoon embarkation. Lunch will be served aboard The Jahan as we begin our voyage upstream on the Mekong. Attend an introductory lecture before evening arrival in the charming town of Cai Be. Gather for a festive welcome dinner tonight.
CAI BE / SA DEC / CHAU DOC
The morning is the perfect time to observe the traditional floating market in Cai Be, deep in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Visit a rice workshop, board small local boats to explore the canals, and see farmers in the fields. In the afternoon, stroll through the lovely colonial town of Sa Dec, where French writer Marguerite Duras lived as a child. Alternatively, discover Binh Thanh Island, where local villagers make their living growing water hyacinths. The Jahan moors near Chau Doc tonight.
CHAU DOC / PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
A town with sizable Chinese, Kinh, and Khmer communities, Chau Doc boasts a diverse range of thrilling sights. Travel by xelois, a type of rickshaw, and small boats to see workshops, the local market, floating houses, and a fish farm. As you cruise this afternoon toward Phnom Penh, enjoy The Jahan’s amenities and attend a lecture at tea time. Arrive in Cambodia’s capital this evening.
Explore this charming French colonial city and vibrant cultural hub. Discover the gleaming Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and browse the National Museum, with its masterpieces of ancient Khmer art. After lunch, an optional excursion to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Field is planned. Alternatively, you may visit a textile designer or gallery. This evening, take a seat on the ship’s sun deck to watch a mesmerizing private apsara dance.
ANGKOR BAN / KAMPONG CHAM
On the banks of the Mekong, the village of Angkor Ban was one of the few not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime. See traditional wooden houses on stilts and colorful temples. After lunch, meet the children of a local school before continuing to hilltop Wat Hanchey, a pre-Angkorian temple complex with breathtaking views of the Mekong. We hope to meet with monks at their nearby monastery before returning to The Jahan.
KOH OKNHA TEI / KAMPONG TRALACH
Stop this morning at the island of Koh Oknha Tei to learn about the process of silk making and visit workshops where this luxurious fiber is produced. Back on board, enjoy a presentation on the geography of the Mekong Delta and Tonlé Sap Lake before lunch. In the afternoon, admire the architecture and fading frescoes of the pagoda in the village of Kampong Tralach.
KAMPONG CHHNANG / TONLÉ SAP LAKE
In the area around Kampong Chhnang, most buildings are built on stilts above the water-rich soil. Visit a rural village that specializes in making Khmer-style pottery and explore some of the wetlands. During the afternoon, The Jahan continues along the narrow Tonlé River to vast Tonlé Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Asia. Attend a lecture before a festive farewell dinner this evening.
TONLÉ SAP LAKE / SIEM REAP / DISEMBARK
Continue crossing impressive Tonlé Sap Lake during breakfast, then disembark in Siem Reap. An exploration of this fascinating area begins at the remarkably well-preserved temple of Banteay Srei. After lunch, visit Thommanon, an Angkor Wat-period temple, and Ta Prohm, which has been entangled by the unfettered growth of trees around its structure. Check in at the hotel in the late afternoon, and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Those who wish may rise early to experience the exquisite sunrise over the temples of Angkor (weather permitting). Discover magnificent Angkor Wat, the best-preserved of the area’s temples and the most spectacular of the Khmer temples. Learn about ongoing conservation efforts during a behind-the-scenes visit. Tonight attend a special farewell dinner featuring a music performance.
SIEM REAP / RETURN
Enjoy a morning tour of the 9th-century “Roluos Group” of three temples that are the earliest Angkor sites open to the public, or stroll local galleries with a former museum curator. Lunch and the afternoon are free for additional exploration or relaxation. Rooms are reserved until departure. Following a light dinner, transfer to the airport for the overnight flights home.
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