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Following the Mekong: Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam

22 days from £5,785pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

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

  • 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 Saigon.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Chiang Rai
  • Huay Xai
  • Pakbeng
  • Luang Prabang
  • Vientiane
  • Pakse
  • Siem Reap
  • Phnom Penh
  • Chau Doc
  • Mekong Delta
  • Cai Be
  • Saigon

Itinerary idea in detail

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

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

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

Day 2 Chiang Rai

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.

Day 3 Pakbeng

Chiang Rai , Huay Xai , Pakbeng

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

Day 4 Luang Prabang

Pakbeng , Luang Prabang

Wake up early to see the sun rise over the misty Mekong. You will rejoin the boat this morning and your journey will head towards Luang Prabang. En route you will visit the Pak Ou Caves. You will be met at the jetty by your local guide and driver and transferred to your hotel.

Day 5 Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

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

Day 6 Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Today you will journey up the Nam Ou River rewarding you with beautiful scenery and a chance to explore some lesser visited villages.

Day 7 Vientiane

Luang Prabang , Vientiane

You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport ahead of 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.

Day 8 On-board ship (Pakse)

Vientiane , On-board ship

An early rise 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 the Vat Phou Boat. Upon boarding you will begin your three day exploration of the 4,000 Islands.


Day 9 On-board ship (Pakse)

On-board ship

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


Day 10 Pakse


Today you will disembark the cruise and journey back to Pakse where you will be spending the night.


Day 11 Siem Reap

Pakse , Siem Reap

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.

Day 12 Siem Reap

Siem Reap

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.

Day 13 Siem Reap

Siem Reap

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

Day 14 Phnom Penh

Siem Reap , Phnom Penh

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 sun sets at the Foreign Correspondents Club.

Day 15 Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

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.

Day 16 Chau Doc

Phnom Penh , Chau Doc

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.

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Day 17 Mekong Delta

Chau Doc , Mekong 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.

Day 18 On-board ship (Mekong Delta)

On-board ship

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

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Day 19 Saigon

Mekong Delta , Cai Be , Saigon

An early rise today to view the markets of Cai Be before continuing by land to Saigon. After settling in to your hotel you will be collected by Vespa to embark on an unforgettable evening tour of Saigon.

Day 20 Saigon

Day 21 International return flight

Saigon , International return flight

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

Day 22 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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Chiang Rai
Luang Prabang
Siem Reap
Phnom Penh
Chau Doc
Mekong Delta
Cai Be