Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

  • Spend seven nights aboard The 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.
  • Watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat, and spend two full days exploring the spectacular Angkor complex with our experts.
  • Enjoy special dining experiences, including a private dinner with traditional music and a dance performance at one of Angkor's temples, and a cocktail reception at the historic home of former U.S. ambassador to Vietnam Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. in Ho Chi Minh City.

Itinerary

Itinerary

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 Jahan. Explore traditional villages and gain insight into the daily lives of farmers, monks, and craftspeople.

This trip is operated in collaboration with Lindblad Expeditions.

Days 1-3: U.S./Siem Reap, Cambodia

Depart the U.S. for Siem Reap, setting clocks ahead a day as we cross the international date line and arrive the next morning. Settle into our stunning Khmer-style hotel, perched on the banks of the Siem Reap River.

Accommodations: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. In the evening, enjoy traditional Cambodian music and dance at a beautifully lit private dinner at one of Angkor’s temples.

Meals Included:Day 4 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) / Day 5 (Breakfast, Dinner)
Accommodations:La Residence d'Angkor
Day 6: Kampong Cham

Drive to the bustling town of Kampong Cham and embark The Jahan, our home for the next seven nights.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Wat Hanchey or Koh dAch/Angkor Ban

At Wat Hanchey, see a variety of temples, including an eighth-century structure from the pre-Angkor Chenla period. Or, we may visit the Mekong island of Koh Dach—home to a lively and active monastery as well as an extensive community of silk weavers—where we may watch artisans at work. Continue to the village of Angkor Ban and stop at its traditional houses to meet with friendly residents.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Kampong Chhang/Kampong Tralach

Anchor at Kampong Chhnang and visit a village known for traditional pottery. Glimpse a unique way of life in the floating villages of Tonle Sap, and in Kampong Tralach, ride oxcarts to a local school.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Tan Chau or Chau Doc, Vietnam

Meander through the colorful markets of Tan Chau or Chau Doc, each a feast for the senses where piles of exotic fruits and vegetables are juxtaposed with live fish, simmering sauces, and sacs of noodles and rice. Visit nearby floating villages and a fish farm, where fish are fed through trap doors, then continue cruising the Mekong.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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. In the evening, gather for a gala dinner aboard The Jahan.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13: My Tho/Ho Chi Minh City

Disembark in My Tho to visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda. Journey to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and embark on a tour of the city landmarks, including the Reunification Palace—headquarters for the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War. After lunch, check in to our hotel in center of the city. In the early evening, meet with a local expert on Vietnam’s modern history, then enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Park Hyatt Saigon
Days 14-15: Ho Chi Minh City/U.S.

In the morning, take a tour of the Cu Chi tunnels, part of a huge network of underground passageways used by the Viet Cong during the war. Choose to visit the War Remnants Museum, offering an in-depth account of the conflict through the eyes of the Vietnamese. After a free afternoon, attend a lively performance of water puppetry—a distinctive Vietnamese folk art practiced for over 300 years. Later, gather for a private cocktail reception at the exquisitely restored home where Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. lived when he was U.S. ambassador to Vietnam during the war. Enjoy dinner on your own. Depart the following morning.

Meals Included:Breakfast Daily
Accommodations:Park Hyatt Saigon