Your VIP Classic Mekong Package

VIP Classic Mekong

Wendy Wu

 

  17 Nights

  South East Asia

  Wendy Wu

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Enjoy a VIP edition of one of our favourite itineraries, featuring Cambodia & Vietnam. Start amongst the magnificence of the temples of Angkor before joining Wendy Wu (our owner and founder) on a three-night river cruise down the Mekong, complete with shore excursions designed to give you an authentic glimpse of local life. Sail into Vietnam to discover its many treasures, including vibrant Saigon, charming Hoi An and historic Hanoi. End your trip with an overnight cruise through Halong Bay.

For this special VIP departure, we have added a number of VIP inclusions that are completely exclusive to these tours. Along with the three-night cruise together with our founder Wendy, you'll also enjoy a special mindfulness session on the Mekong, a cocktail at Bitexco Tower's 49th-floor sky bar, dinner with a Vietnamese family in Saigon, a special 'Farmer & Fisherman' experience in Cam Thanh and a 25-minute scenic seaplane flight over Halong Bay.


Your Fly, Cruise & Tour Package Includes:

  • Economy class flight to Siem Reap, return from Hanoi*
  • 17 night VIP Classic Mekong cruisetour with Wendy Wu, Siem Reap to Hanoi

Includes:

  • All touring & sightseeing with Local Guides (entrance fees included)
  • Visas for AU passport holders to Vietnam & Cambodia
  • Meals – 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches & 15 dinners
  • Accommodation - 15 nights in 4/4+ star accommodation
  • Cruise – 1 night Halong Bay cruise, 3 night Victoria Mekong cruise
  • VIP experiences - a 'Farmer & Fisherman' experience in Cam Thanh, scenic flight over Halong Bay plus more
  • Group Tour - maximum group size: 24
  • Airline taxes

Pricing is per person twin share and based on travel 11-26 October 2023

Solo traveller pricing available. Please speak to one of our travel consultants for more details


Tour Experience:

Cruise the Mekong Delta

Cruise the Mekong in style aboard the contemporary Victoria Mekong with state-of-the-art facilities and an itinerary packed with culturally-immersive shore excursions and onboard activities.

Dining in the Dark

Place your trust in your other senses on a fun 'dining in the dark' experience at Noir, a Saigon restaurant that works with local people who are blind or visually-impaired.

Hoi An Cooking Class

Master the art of Vietnamese cooking, visiting a local market in Hoi An to talk to sellers and buy fresh ingredients that you'll then use to whip up your own culinary masterpiece!


Itinerary:

DAYS 1-2: Fly to Siem Reap

Fly overnight to Siem Reap. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

DAY 3: Temples of Angkor

Rising early, journey to the old city of Angkor Thom and pass through the magnificent South Gate flanked by 54 gods and demons. At Angkor Thom's centre is the enigmatic Bayon, a breath-taking temple of innumerable sculptural decorations. Also admire the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to Ta Prohm before the rest of the day is dedicated to Angkor Wat, the most magnificent, and best preserved of all of Angkor's treasures.

DAY 4: Chansar Village and Tonle Sap

Enjoy a morning at Chansar Village, visiting the home of a local Khmer family who specialise in making brooms. This afternoon, cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the floating village of Kampong Phluk and observing the way of life of these lake communities.

DAY 5: Fly to Phnom Penh

Fly to Phnom Penh and explore by cyclo, with stops at the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Visit Wat Phnom before ending the day with a glass of refreshing local beer at one of Phnom Penh's favourite craft breweries.

DAY 6: Embark the Victoria Mekong

Reflect on Cambodia's tumultuous history with a visit to the Killing Fields, where many civilians became victims of the brutal Khmer Rouge. Return to Phnom Penh for lunch, before transferring to Phnom Penh pier. Here, say goodbye to your national escort and board the Victoria Mekong for your 3-night VIP cruise with Wendy, our founder.

DAY 7: Crossing the border

Cross over into Vietnam, taking in the passing scenery. There will be onboard activities available such as cocktail making. On arrival at Vam Nao, take a sampan ashore to visit traditional cottage industries.

DAY 8: Tan Loc

Continue downstream, visiting a floating market and local museum. After lunch, arrive at Tan Loc island. Here, choose to explore a historic house and gardens for tea and fruit, or a plum wine farm for a tasting. Sail on to Can Tho for a farewell dinner, accompanied by a traditional music performance.

DAY 9: Cai Be and Saigon

Visit a local floating market before bidding farewell to the Victoria Mekong, boarding the ship's shuttle bus from Can Tho to Saigon. Stop en route in Cai Be for lunch at a scenic villa. In Saigon, you will be met by your Vietnamese National Escort. This evening, enjoy dinner in the dark at Noir, a restaurant supporting Saigon's visually impaired.

DAY 10: Discover Saigon

Confront the reality of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels, used by the Viet Cong during the war. Return to Saigon to explore the iconic sights, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace and Central Post Office.

DAY 11: Journey to Hoi An

Fly to Danang, and continue by road to Hoi An. Enjoy a walking tour of this charming town – a wonderfully laidback and wilfully traditional place, whose streets are a delight to wander. Visit Quan Cong Temple, the elaborate Japanese Bridge and the bustling market. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work.

DAY 12: Cam Thanh Coconut Village

Enjoy a 'farmer and fisherman' experience just outside Hoi An. Head to Cam Thanh Coconut Village in the coastal Bay Mau Forest, where you'll board an unusual Vietnamese basket boat – thung chai, similar to a coracle – and be paddled through this extraordinary coconut forest.

DAY 13: Fly to Hanoi

After breakfast, fly to Hanoi to explore the Old Quarter by cyclo. Also stop by the Temple of Literature, and make sure to try a traditional egg coffee on the way!

DAY 14: Explore Hanoi

Discover the rest of Hanoi's sights today, with the Ho Chi Minh quarter and Mausoleum, Humble House on Stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and more. In the evening, attend The Quintessence of Tonkin, a beautiful open-air performance on a lake.

DAY 15: Halong Bay

Travel east to Halong Bay, where you'll enjoy a true VIP experience: a Halong Bay seaplane flight offering a unique an unforgettable view of the bay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty, it isn't hard to see why it is one of Vietnam's most popular destinations. Stay overnight on a traditionally designed boat on Halong Bay, cruising amongst the karst peaks on the tranquil green waters.

DAY 16: Halong Bay

After a night anchored out on the waters, rise early to see the sun come up over the bay before cruising back to port. Return to Hanoi where, this evening, there will be a farewell dinner.

DAYS 17-18: Fly Hanoi To Australia

Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.




* Conditions apply. Offer is limited, subject to availability and change without notice. Promotion is correct and valid at the time of publication. Booking and full supplier terms and conditions apply. Valid for new bookings only and not combinable with any other offer (unless stated).

Prices listed are per person in Australian/New Zealand Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the lowest inside category available at the time. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 14 December 2022 and can be withdrawn without notice. Cabin categories include prepaid government fees and port taxes unless otherwise stated.  Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Visas are not included. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge. 

*Airfares are based on economy class flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth and are subject to the carriers’ flight schedules and conditions, please call us for prices from other cities. Prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 1 December 2022, subject to change.