Reminiscent in design of the French, colonial-era, manor homes that once lined the streets of old Saigon, the 34-suite/56-passenger Mekong Navigator lends a sophisticated, yet comfortable, ambiance while cruising the mighty Mekong River. Around every corner, guests will enjoy a blend of timeless elegance and modern luxuries as they experience the sights and sounds of a landscape that forever changes its visitors.
Accommodations on board the Mekong Navigator provide all the comfort and convenience of a five-star hotel, without denying you the thrills of complete immersion in the Mekong River experience. Spacious, well-appointed suites offer individual climate control, daily housekeeping with turn-down service, the finest bed linens and duvets, luxuriously soft robes and slippers, all-natural, therapeutic bath amenities, and much more.
Join Brand g Vacations for a 12 night, all-inclusive, all-lgbt journey, featuring the mighty Mekong River and the Temples of Angkor Wat.
There can be no more striking cultural contrast than the one between bustling Vietnam and the tranquil Cambodia. From the diverse countryside of Cambodia to the Mekong Delta, so rich in human life and endeavor, you'll discover two countries, two cultures, and two ways of life linked by one river, the Mekong.
Cruise aboard the all-suite, luxurious Mekong Navigator, specially constructed to ply the Mekong River between Ho Chi Minh City and the fabled Siem Reap. Enjoy all the wonders the Mekong has to offer in a sophisticated, yet comfortable style. With never more than 22 guests per expert guide, you will enjoy a series of well-planned excursions, most meals and beverages.
Also included is a two-night stay in bustling Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), and a three-night stay in Siem Reap including an in-depth visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, each featuring five-star, centrally located hotels.
|Jan 3||Thu||1||Siem Reap||Arrive at the Siem Reap airport, where you will be greeted by a Brand g representative, who will transfer you to the elegant and serene Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa.|
|Jan 4||Fri||2||Siem Reap||You'll begin your day at Angkor Wat, the most recognizable landmark in Cambodia, and the largest religious monument in the world. Enjoy lunch at a local Khmer restaurant. Tour the city center of Siem Reap by tuk tuk (motorcycle rickshaw) this afternoon for an introduction to Siem Reap's many dining and shopping options, and a stop at a traditional artists' workshop. This evening, guests will enjoy a private dinner with Apsara show at our hotel. (B/L/D)|
|Jan 5||Sat||3||Siem Reap||This morning, you'll visit Banteay Srey, considered to be the pinnacle of artistic achievement at Angkor, and Banteay Samré. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. This afternoon we enter through the south gate of Angkor Thom for a guided tour of Bayon (the temple with the faces), then walk around the back of Bauphoun, and along the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. We continue to visit Ta Prohm, which has been overtaken by the jungle, with tentacle like tree roots spilling over centuries old walls and roofs, enveloping much of the structure. Enjoy this evening at your own leisure. (B/L)|
|Jan 6||Sun||4||Kampong Cham||This morning is yours to relax and enjoy the hotel property or do some last minute shopping. This afternoon we travel to Kampong Cham to embark the ship. Following the informative Welcome Briefing, and meeting with our friendly crew, a Cambodian theme dinner is served in the Le Marche Dining Room. (B/Welcome Dinner)|
|Jan 7||Mon||5||Kampong Cham||This morning, enjoy a walk up the hill to the Wat Hanchey monastery to receive a traditional Buddhist Water Blessing from the monastery's resident monks. After enjoying a walk around the monastery and the amazing views of the Mekong River valley, you descend 303 steps and return to the ship. Following lunch, we drive through the city of Kampong Cham to the hills of Phnom Pros (man hill) and Phnom Srei (woman hill), where you visit the incredible Stupa, the 10-meter long reclining Buddha, and the 13 meter tall preaching Buddha. Today's final visit is to the 12th century, Angkorian-period complex of Wat Nokor Bachey, which features several original, stone Buddha statues as well as stone inscriptions. We then return to the ship and begin sailing downstream. (B/L/D)|
|Jan 8||Tue||6||Angkor Ban||Today we will visit the charming town of Angkor Ban. Here, you will have a glimpse into the lives of the local people, starting with a visit to a family's home to see how the locals live, along with an opportunity to meet the family and discuss their lifestyle. Next, you will continue through the village to the local school, where you will join the children in their classroom and experience what the typical school day is like. You will then walk back through the village to the ship, with an opportunity to take photos along the way, including a brief stop at the local monastery complex. (B/L/D)|
|Jan 9||Wed||7||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||After breakfast on board this morning, cyclo drivers meet you on the pier for a morning tour of Phnom Penh. After viewing Throne Hall and Moonlight Pavilion, you visit the famous Silver Pagoda, home of Cambodia's Emerald Buddha and the Maitreya Buddha, which is encrusted with more than 9,000 diamonds. Afterwards, you'll take a short cycle ride to the open-air National Museum, housing the largest collection of Angkorian and pre-Angkorian artifacts. Enjoy a free afternoon in Phnom Penh. Before dinner, local children entertain guests on the Sun Deck with a cultural performance including Apsara, Cambodia's national dance, as well as traditional folk dances. (B/L/D)|
|Jan 10||Thu||8||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||After a scenic 45-minute drive from the ship, you arrive at the Choeung Ek killing fields, where you may walk through the fields, visit the small museum and Memorial Stupa, and learn more about the atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. Before returning to the ship, tour Tuol Sleng (also known as S-21), the former school converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge. You'll have another afternoon in Phnom Penh on your own before we depart for the border of Cambodia and Vietnam. (B/L/D)|
|Jan 11||Fri||9||Vietnam, Tan Chau||Today experience vastly different ways of life along the Mekong Delta. After boarding a local sampan, we sail to a temple of the Cao Dai religion, one of the unique amalgam religions founded in Vietnam to stop the in-fighting between various faiths. We then board a xe loi (traditional Vietnamese tuk-tuk for a 15-minute ride to a family-owned mat weaving workshop. Following our visit, we reboard our sampans and sail to a floating fish farm and then disembark at Evergreen Island for a walk through the local village for a view into the lives of the local people. (B/L/D)|
|Jan 12||Sat||10||Sa Dec, Vietnam||Following breakfast we board traditional sampans to navigate the narrow canals of the Mekong en route to the historic town of Sa Dec. Stop at a local brick factory, which reveals the process of brick making by using clay from the Mekong River. We continue into the town of Sa Dec, with a short visit to the home of Mr. Hyun Thuy Le, who inspired Marguerite Duras' novel, L'Amant (The Lover) as well as a walk through the town's market. After returning to the ship for lunch, enjoy an afternoon cruise to Cai Be. Pass the city's beautiful French gothic cathedral then tour the historic An Kiet House with its beautiful surrounding gardens. Travel to a traditional rice factory. Return to the ship for an elegant Vietnamese theme farewell dinner. (B/L/D)|
|Jan 13||Sun||11||Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam||After breakfast, bid farewell to the Mekong Navigator and enjoy a scenic drive to Ho Chi Minh City, where we begin our tour of the city's incredible French Colonial architecture of the Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. Today's lunch is at Hoi An restaurant. Created and designed in the architectural themes of the ancient towns of Hoi An and Imperial Hue, Hoi An restaurant specializes in the cuisine of the former imperial capital. Tonight is yours to enjoy at your leisure. (B/L)|
|Jan 14||Mon||12||Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam||After breakfast at the hotel this morning, enjoy a tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels to experience the system of underground passages. This evening we bid farewell, with dinner at the Ly Club. Taking their name from the Ly Dynasty, which set the benchmarks of Vietnamese culture centuries ago, Ly Club combines traditional Vietnamese, classical French cooking, and exotic touches from around the world. (B/D)|
|Jan 15||Tue||13||Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam||Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Hotel check out is at Noon. (B)|
|Departure Date||Price From|
|Jan 3, 2019||$4,499|
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All prices in U.S. dollars and are cruise/land only. Price is per person based on double occupancy. Prepaid gratuities of $200 per person are additional. Reduced single supplement of $2500 applies to single occupancy bookings in Signature, Vista and Superior Suites (Grande and Prestige 100% single supplement applies).
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Begin your journey with an optional four-night pre-cruise extension, featuring the famed UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay, including an overnight cruise aboard a traditional junk boat. Also included is a two-night stay in historic Hanoi.
The Hotel Metropole Hanoi is an award-winning French colonial-style hotel lying in the heart of Hanoi, near Hoan Kiem Lake and the magnificent Opera House. Boasting a classical white faade, green shutters, original wrought iron detail, wood paneling and a lush courtyard lawn, the hotel is one of the region's few remaining hotels of its era.
The property offers 364 rooms & suites, complemented by a choice of three restaurants (French, Vietnamese and Italian), three bars, seven function rooms, a heated swimming pool, health club, the luxurious Le Spa du Metropole, complimentary wifi and for hotel guests a daily tour of the recently opened war-time bomb shelter and Path of History guided by hotel's Ambassador of History.
Double occupancy pricing: $2,199 per person
Single occupancy pricing: $3,099