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. This comprehensive 12-night journey through the heart of Cambodia and Vietnam features a 7-night, all-gay cruise charter along the mighty Mekong River onboard the new, all-suite, luxurious Mekong Jewel.
Enjoy all the wonders the Mekong has to offer as you sail from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City in sophisticated, yet comfortable style. 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.Early Booking Savings of $500 per person if booked by September 30, 2019.
Reminiscent in design of the French, colonial-era, manor homes that once lined the streets of old Saigon, the 34-suite/68-passenger Mekong Jewel 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 Jewel 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.
|Oct 15||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. Informal meet and greet at around 5:30 pm.|
|Oct 16||Fri||2||Siem Reap||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. This afternoon, tour the city center of Siem Reap by tuk tuk (motorcycle rickshaw) for an introduction to Siem Reap's many dining and shopping options, and a stop at a traditional artists' workshop. This evening, enjoy a private dinner with Apsara show at the hotel. (B/L/D)|
|Oct 17||Sat||3||Siem Reap||This morning, 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. Visit Ta Prohm, which has been overtaken by the jungle, with tentacle like tree roots spilling over centuries old walls and roofs. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Banteay Srey, considered to be the pinnacle of artistic achievement at Angkor, and Banteay Samré. Enjoy this evening at your leisure. (B/L)|
|Oct 18||Sun||4||Kampong Cham||This morning is yours to relax and enjoy the hotel property or do some last minute shopping. This afternoon, travel to Kampong Cham to embark the ship. Following the informative Welcome Briefing, and meeting with the crew, a Cambodian theme dinner is served in the Le Marche Dining Room. (B/D)|
|Oct 19||Mon||5||Angkor Ban||This morning, enjoy a walk up the hill to the Wat Hanchey monastery to receive a traditional Buddhist Water Blessing from the 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. In the afternoon, visit Angkor Ban. Here, you will have a glimpse into the lives of the local people, starting with a visit to a local home, to meet the family and discuss their lifestyle. Next, visit a local private school, where you will join the children in their classroom and experience what their typical school day is like. Walk back through the village to the ship, with a brief stop at the local monastery complex. (B/L/D)|
|Oct 20||Tue||6||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||After breakfast on board this morning, cyclo drivers meet you on the pier for a morning tour of Phnom Penh and the Royal Palace complex. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the grounds, viewing Throne Hall and Moonlight Pavilion, before visiting the famous Silver Pagoda, home of Cambodia's Emerald Buddha and Maitreya Buddha. Return to your cyclos for the short ride to the National Museum, ending the morning with a comprehensive tour of the many Angkorian-period artifacts excavated at the Angkor Temple complex at Siem Reap. Enjoy a free afternoon with a variety of optional excursions from which to choose, or simply enjoy your time shopping or dining at one of the many wonderful restaurants and pubs nearby. Before dinner, local children will provide a cultural performance on the ship, including Apsara, Cambodia's national dance, as well as traditional folk dances. (B/L/D)|
|Oct 21||Wed||7||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. (B/L/D)|
|Oct 22||Thu||8||Long Khanh Island||This morning, depart Phnom Penh to sail downstream to the Cambodia/Vietnam border. Enjoy a leisurely cruise, taking in the sights along the Mekong River. Some activities will be offered on board. Late this afternoon, after undergoing border formalities, you'll cruise to Long Khanh Island. (B/L/D)|
|Oct 23||Fri||9||Long Khanh Island||This morning, sampans take you to the local island village of Hong Ngu. Hong Ngu produces a large number of the traditional Khmer scarves exported to Cambodia. You will have the opportunity to see the weaving process. The inhabitants of this area had only encountered one western visitor prior to the arrival of the Mekong Navigator, and are especially friendly and welcoming. Enjoy a walk around this evergreen island. In the afternoon, your sampans will bring you to Gieng Island, for a visit to a local village where sampans and rowing boats are made. You'll experience a sampan cruise on an untouched canal, then visit the Gieng Cathedral, built in 1879. (B/L/D)|
|Oct 24||Sat||10||Sa Dec, Vietnam||Board sampans to navigate the narrow canals of the Mekong en route to the historic town of Sa Dec. You'll stop at Cao Dai Temple, depending on the river's water level and accessible disembarkation area. In Sa Dec, visit the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le and the Chinese Temple which was built in honor of the Huynh Thuy Le Family, where you will be welcomed by traditional Chinese Lions Dances. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy an afternoon cruise to Cai Be. Tour the historic An Kiet House and gardens. This evening, gather for a Farewell Reception with the entire crew, before enjoying a Cambodian Farewell Dinner. (B/L/D)|
|Oct 25||Sun||11||Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam||After breakfast, bid farewell to the Mekong Jewel and enjoy a scenic drive to Ho Chi Minh City for a tour of the city's French Colonial architecture, including the Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Tonight is yours to enjoy at your leisure. (B/L)|
|Oct 26||Mon||12||Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam||After breakfast at the hotel this morning, enjoy a tour to the town of Cu Chi, where the local Vietnamese lived underground during the Vietnam war. This incredible complex features underground homes and tunnels, as well as examples of the traps used to maim and kill soldiers. This evening, bid farewell with a special farewell dinner. (B/D)|
|Oct 27||Tue||13||Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam||Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Hotel check out is at noon. (B)|
Early Booking Savings of $500 per person if booked by September 30, 2019.
|Departure Date||Price From|
|Oct 15 2020||$5,199|
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All prices in U.S. dollars and are cruise/land only. Price is per person based on double occupancy. Cruise port charges of $180 and prepaid gratuities of $250 per person are additional. Single supplement of $2500 applies to single occupancy bookings in Vista and Signature Suites (Grande and Prestige 100% single supplement applies).
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