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This inspiring Southeast Asia river cruise vacation begins in vibrant Bangkok, Thailand. A boat ride on the klongs, Bangkok’s famous canals, is the perfect way to start your sightseeing. Continue at the Grand Palace featuring the Temple of the Emerald Buddha followed by the Temple of the Reclining Buddha—the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in the city. Fly to Ho hi Minh City, Vietnam, and enjoy a walking tour of the famous landmarks of the city and try your hand in the kitchen with a Vietnamese cooking class. Go on an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, the unbelievable network of tunnels used extensively during the war. Next, board your ship and begin your cruise along the mighty Mekong River. As you cruise through Vietnam, you’ll stop in the villages for interactions with locals, such as a visit to the home of a skilled family who make handcrafted sampans for a living. In Cambodia, visit the capital city of Phnom Penh, with the magnificent Royal Palace featuring its striking Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Take in the stunning views at the 8th-century temple of Wat Hanchey before walking through the rural village of Angkor Ban to visit with welcoming schoolchildren. Continue your river cruise adventure to Siem Reap, where you’ll see the magnificent Temples of Angkor, the most famous being Angkor Wat and the Bayon temple. Disembark your cruise ship and fly to Hanoi, where you’ll explore the famous Old Quarter with peddlers trading goods among its 36 ancient streets. From here, travel to Ha Long Bay, where you’ll be amazed at the more than 3,000 limestone islands of varying shapes. Enjoy a 2-night cruise along the bay, and then head to Sapa, which provides the most beautiful scenery. Here, you’ll visit one of the famous Weekly Markets where homemade goods are sold and the ethnic minority groups of the area wear their colorful costumes. Hue, a former capital of Vietnam, remains an important cultural mecca. Sightseeing will show you the imposing Imperial Citadel; Thien Mu Pagoda, the unofficial symbol of the city; and the Royal tombs of past emperors. Arrive in Danang, where you’ll visit the Cham Museum and explore Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where architecture influenced by traders from around the world has been largely preserved. The beautiful scenery, ornate temples, and interactions with locals make this Southeast Asia river cruise vacation one you won’t soon forget!
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Day 1 Bangkok:Welcome to ThailandDay 2 Bangkok:Boat ride on klongs; visit the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of the Reclining BuddhaDay 3 Bangkok:Day at leisureDay 4 Bangkok–Siem Reap:Fly to Siem ReapDay 5 Siem Reap:Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple; Apsara dance performanceDay 6 Siem Reap: Visit Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, and a noodle-making villageDay 7 Siem Reap–Phnom Penh (Embarkation):Fly to Phnom Penh; onboard welcome receptionDay 8 Wat Hanchey–Angkor Ban:Visit Wat Hanchey and partake in a traditional water blessing by local monks; walking tour in Angkor Ban with school visitDay 9 Kampong Tralach–Konpong Louang–Phnom Penh:Ox cart ride through the countryside and visit a local farmer’s home in Kampong Tralach; visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; visit the Tuol Sleng Museum and one of the Killing Fields in Phnom PenhDay 10 Phnom Penh:Sightseeing by private cyclo, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; show by children from local orphanageDay 11 Border Crossing–Chau Doc:Visit a local market and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau DocDay 12 Long Khanh A–Cu Lao Gieng:Walking tour of Long Khanh A with cotton-weaving demonstration; visit a Catholic church, a local home to see how Vietnamese conical hats are made, and a sampan-making workshop in Cu Lao GiengDay 13 Ben Tre:Visit a local garden and a local workshop to see how rice wine and traditional candy are madeDay 14 Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation):Walking tour; visit the famous Rex Hotel for a drink, War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market; cooking classDay 15 Ho Chi Minh City:Cu Chi Tunnels excursionDay 16 Ho Chi Minh City–Hanoi:Fly to HanoiDay 17 Hanoi:Visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, and Temple of Literature; lunch at Koto; electric cart ride through the Old Quarter; water puppets performanceDay 18 Hanoi–Ha Long Bay (Embarkation):Drive to Ha Long Bay; visit Cua Van floating villageDay 19 Ha Long Bay:Cruise the bay; visit Ti Top Island, Luon Cave, and Dark and Bright Cave; opportunity to explore by kayakDay 20 Ha Long Bay (Disembarkation)–Hanoi:Visit Sung Sot Cave; drive to HanoiDay 21 Hanoi–Sapa:Drive to Sapa; Visit a local marketDay 22 Sapa:Visit Ta Van village, Lao Chai village, Silver Waterfall, and Heaven GateDay 23 Sapa:Visit a weekly market and a Red Dao villageDay 24 Sapa–Hanoi–Hue:Drive to Hanoi; fly to HueDay 25 Hue:Visit the Imperial Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, and the tombs of the Nguyen EmperorsDay 26 Hue–Danang:Drive to Danang; visit the Cham Museum and Monkey MountainDay 27 Danang:Excursion to Hoi An including a cruise on the Thu Bon River and a walking tour of the Ancient Town Day 28 Danang:Day at leisure Day 29 Danang:End of vacation