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Cruise boat on the Mekong River

Following the Mekong: Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam

22 days from £7,985pp

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Tour highlights

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Luang Prabang, Vat Phou and Angkor Wat.

  • Enjoy river cruising in Laos and Vietnam.

  • Explore the vibrant cities of Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Experience the full flavour of life surrounding the Mekong in Indochina.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international and domestic flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Chiang Rai.

  • Arriving in Chiang Rai, you will be met and transferred to The Legend Boutique River Resort & Spa for a well-earned rest after your flight.

  • You will leave your hotel this morning and transfer to Chiang Khong, ready for the border crossing. You will then board the boat for the morning and afternoon cruise down the Mekong.

  • Wake up early to see the sun rise over the misty Mekong. You will rejoin the boat this morning, and your journey will head toward Luang Prabang. En route, you will visit the Pak Ou Caves. Your local guide and driver will meet you at the jetty and transfer you to your hotel.

  • Today, you will start exploring Luang Prabang with your private guide. In the afternoon, you can see more of the city independently.

  • Today, you will journey up the Nam Ou River, which will reward you with beautiful scenery and a chance to explore some lesser-visited villages.

  • You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport before this afternoon's flight from Luang Prabang to the capital Vientiane. Upon arrival in Vientiane, you will be met by your guide and taken on a short city tour before arriving at your hotel.

  • You will rise early today as you are collected from your hotel and taken to the airport in time for your flight to Pakse. Upon arrival in Pakse, you will be met by your guide for the short transfer to Champasak. Upon boarding, you will begin your three-day exploration of the 4,000 Islands.

  • Continue exploring the many islands, villages and waterfalls of this region.

  • A further day exploring Champasak.

  • Today you will transfer to the airport for your short flight to Siem Reap. En route, you will have an opportunity to visit the town's morning market. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you will be met by your guide and taken to Angkor Wat. Here you will enjoy a short afternoon exploration before witnessing the sunset over the iconic temple.

  • In the early morning visit our personal favourite, Ta Prohm. By far the most atmospheric of all the ruins, it has been reclaimed by the jungle and is being crushed by massive tree roots. In the afternoon, enjoy a trip to the famous Tonle Sap Lake, where you can visit the floating villages. Return to Siem Reap via Kbal Spean, the site of ancient Hindu carvings on the riverbed in a scenic jungle location.

  • Explore the Bayon, the centrepiece of the once-fortified city of Angkor Thom.

  • This morning you will be collected from your hotel and taken to the airport in time for your short flight to Phnom Penh. Spend the afternoon on the waterfront, perhaps visiting the numerous shops and galleries, and enjoy a drink as the sun sets at the Foreign Correspondents Club.

  • You will spend a full day touring the sights and sounds of Phnom Penh with your private guide and driver. In the morning, visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, home of the Emerald Buddha. The afternoon features visits to elements of Cambodia's recent history.

  • This morning you will leave Phnom Penh by boat, travelling along the Mekong and into Vietnam. In the afternoon, you will arrive at Chau Doc, home to Sam Mountain, which gives a wonderful vantage point over the Delta.

  • Today your Vietnamese guide will meet you at your hotel for your transfer to Can Tho, home to the famous floating market at Cai Rang. In the evening, head across the river into town to enjoy some superb food.

  • After an early morning visit to the floating markets, you will board the Bassac Boat for a charming cruise through the Mekong Delta.

  • You will rise early today to view the markets of Cai Be before continuing by land to Ho Chi Minh City. After settling into your hotel, you will be collected by Vespa to embark on an unforgettable evening tour of Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Full day at leisure to explore Ho Chi Minh City.

  • A final opportunity for some last-minute shopping before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Chiang Rai
Luang Prabang
Siem Reap
Phnom Penh
Chau Doc
Mekong Delta
Cai Be
Ho Chi Minh City

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