Our program begins with a stay in Ho Chi Minh City, a busy and dynamic city still known by many as Saigon, and ends with two full days to explore the remarkable Khmer temples and monuments of legendary Angkor, one of Asia’s most exquisite archaeological gems. In between, the Mekong River takes us into the fascinating but seldom-visited world of one of Asia’s great waterways. Marvel at floating villages whose residents literally live on the water—working, shopping, even attending school and church. Tour a family-owned orchard, visit a noodle factory and a coconut candy maker, and experiment with typical Vietnamese ingredients during a cooking
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International River Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Nov 15, 2021 - Nov 28, 2021
John Meffert, consultant on Heritage Conservation Services, has a long tradition with the National Trust. He has served as the Director for our Southern Office from and was the director of the Preservation Society of Charleston, the oldest nonprofit organization in the United States, responsible for preserving the historic resources of Charleston, S.C. John has delighted many study tour groups with his lectures and insights on preservation, and receives rave reviews as study leader.
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- day Nov 15
Depart U.S. Overnight flights to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- day Nov 16
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon); transfers to hotel; evening at leisure to rest and recover from flight
- day Nov 17
HO CHI MINH CITY / MY THO / EMBARK THE JAHAN / CAI BE
City tour and lunch; Cu Chi Tunnels visit with former Viet Cong officer or local expert; welcome dinner at local venue.
- day Nov 18
Ho Chi Minh City
Mid-morning check out; market visit; embark Mekong Princess.
- day Nov 19
Ben Tre & Can Tho
Sampan ride through mangrove channels; visit local coconut candy maker and orchard, travel by local boats to explore creeks lined with Nipah palms; cruise on to Can Tho to visit the Zihuang pagoda and see a welcome unicorn dance.
- day Nov 20
Can Tho & Hoa An
Sampan ride through Can Tho’s floating market; visit a local factory and family-owned orchard; wander the flower gardens in Hoa An and meet families who weave hats and mats.
- day Nov 21
Gieng Island / Hong Ngu / Border Crossing
In Gieng Island visit a sampan-making village; canal drive through duck farms and monkey bridges; Catholic Church visit; Hong Ngu village where traditional scarves are woven; temple devoted to Hoa Hoa; Cross into Cambodia.
- day Nov 22
Cyclo ride to see the Royal Palace and Silver Palace; Explore the National Museum. Enjoy on board activities this afternoon or explore Phnom Penh on your own this afternoon. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
- day Nov 23
Morning visit to Choeung Ek killing fields and Tuol Sleng (former Khmer Rouge prison); evening (local orphanage) children’s performance.
- day Nov 24
Visit a local family’s home and a school to meet children in their classroom; walk through the local village, with a stop at the local monastery.
- day Nov 25
Kampong Cham / Siem Reap
Disembark Mekong Princess; transfer to Siem Reap; evening at leisure
- day Nov 26
Full morning at Angkor Wat; Siem Reap art tour by tuk tuk with visits to galleries and artisan workshops
- day Nov 27
Sunrise view over Angkor Wat from Ba Kheng Temple; elephant ride to Angkor Thom; Ta Prohm; festive farewell dinner.
- day Nov 28
Return to U.S.
Transfers to Siem Reap airport for return flights to the U.S.
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