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Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong 2020
(Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City)


13 days with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Arrive at Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to your luxury hotel, the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort.

Day 2: Siem Reap
Today is a bucket list kind of day as you explore the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, a gigantic religious complex that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Today’s lunch will be on your own. NOTE: Order of sightseeing may change on Days 2 and 3. Temple visits are subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
(Breakfast Buffet, Dinner)

Day 3: Siem Reap
Today you will enter the spectacular remnants of Angkor Thom, the royal city. Built during the heyday of the Khmer dynasty in the 12th century, this extraordinary complex of Hindu and Buddhist monuments was once lost to the world for many years, hidden under dense jungle vines.

NOTE: Order of sightseeing may change on Days 2 and 3. Temple visits are subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
(Breakfast Buffet, Dinner)

Day 4: Siem Reap, Transfer to Kampong Cham (Embark)
Today, you’ll have free time to explore Siem Reap, a place name that means, literally, “Defeat of Siam”—which tells you something of its history. It is the gateway to Angkor, the legendary archaeological site. Later check out of your hotel and transfer via executive motorcoach to Kampong Cham where you'll embark on the beautiful Mekong Jewel—your elegant home for the next seven nights—and set sail on the beautiful Mekong.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Welcome Dinner)

Day 5: Wat Hanchey, Angkor Ban, Phnom Penh
Today is a celebration of Cambodia’s bright future. You’ll meet young children at a local school and friendly villagers in their homes, and have a rare opportunity to receive an unforgettable water blessing from local Buddhist monks.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Phnom Penh
Today, you’ll discover the thriving and exotic capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. It stands at the juncture of three captivating rivers and is divided into three districts, the picturesque French colonial area, a handsome residential district and a rapidly changing Old Town. Here, you’ll find an alluring riverside esplanade amid numerous bewitching Buddhist temples, palaces and artifacts.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Phnom Penh
Today’s featured excursion may be the most profound and memorable experience of your entire journey. You’ll learn about the infamous Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge and visit a former school-turned-prison that is now a genocide museum.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Cruising the Mekong River, Hong Ngu (Long Khanh A), Cu Lao Gieng, Sa Dec
You leave Cambodia behind and cross into Vietnam today, delving into a region where traditional and modern lifestyle elements mingle: Agriculture may still reign supreme, but TV satellite dishes dot rooftops of houses built on stilts. You'll visit the local island village of Hong Ngu, a major producer of the traditional Khmer scarves located not far from the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Since they’re woven in many homes around the village, you’ll have the opportunity to see the process first-hand. You’ll also stop at a local temple dedicated to a unique religion founded in this area of Vietnam, Hoa Hoa. And perhaps the most interesting visit of the day? A visit to the local home of a retired VC General.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: Sa Dec, Vinh Long, Tien Loi (Ben Tre)
Following breakfast, your journey continues via sampan, where you’ll observe the daily routines of the villagers in Sa Dec. Visit a colorful temple, the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le and then venture to Gieng Island, where you’ll experience how a local family makes incense sticks and the conical hat.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: Tien Loi (Ben Tre), My Tho
Today, you’ll witness the hustle and bustle of delta river life as the local traders take their produce to market. After breakfast, you’ll board a traditional sampan and explore the narrow canals and backwaters of this famed region. The untouched island of Tien Loi awaits on a unique excursion created exclusively for Uniworld guests, where you can see how local farmers make rooster cages, decorate bonsais in their yards and more.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: My Tho (Disembark), Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City
Experience how ancient history melds with the boisterous present in Vietnam’s largest city, where skyscrapers tower over ancient temples and motorbikes putter along picturesque alleys. This evening, join us onboard the Saigon Princess for dinner and a dance performance with beautiful views of Ho Chi Minh City at night.
(Breakfast Buffet, Dinner)

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City
Today’s featured excursion provides a fascinating glimpse of the Viet Cong’s vast network of incredibly narrow tunnels dating back to the Vietnam War.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch)

Day 13: Depart Ho Chi Minh City
If your cruise/tour package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your flight home or continue your tour with an extraordinary optional extension program.
(Breakfast Buffet)

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All This Included
A fascinating, rewarding and multilayered adventure.

Two of the most beautiful, historic and friendly places in all of Asia, dynamic Vietnam and pastoral Cambodia are intriguing studies in contrast. Each possesses its own unique charm and social traditions, its own tragic history and complex past. In many ways, a visit here is less about the sights you see than it is about the people you meet and the experiences you have along the way.

Ho Chi Minh City offers a heady mixture of old and new, often surprising visitors with its charm. As the lifeblood of Southeast Asia, the Mekong teems with colorful floating villages and mementos of its French Colonial past. Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s thriving capital, is fast-forwarding to the future yet retains a provincial intimacy. And colorful Siem Reap provides the gateway to the vast UNESCO-designated jungle temple complex of Angkor Wat.

Accommodations
Siem Reap: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort or similar
Cruising: Cabin onboard Mekong Jewel
Ho Chi Minh City: Park Hyatt Saigon or similar
Pre and Post Add-ons

Bangkok, Thailand

Included in your 4-day stay:

• 3 nights at the InterContinental Bangkok (or similar)
• Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes and porterage
• Guided city tour
• All transfers, transportation and intra-Asia flights

Pricing:

$999 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $399.

Note: This extension is for cruise/tours that begin or end in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day to Day:

  • 2019 Bangkok Pre-Cruise Extension: Day to Day
  • DAY 1: Bangkok
    Once you have cleared customs at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, you’ll be greeted by a Uniworld representative, who will assist you with your luggage and take you to your hotel (located near the city’s most popular shopping district). After settling in, you may choose to rest at the hotel or go out and explore the city. Your local host will be happy to offer suggestions.

    DAY 2: Bangkok
    FEATURED EXCURSION: Bangkok city tour
    Bangkok is home to 6.5 million people, and its streets teem with life—but the city also boasts fascinating palaces and beautiful temples. Your motorcoach tour will carry you to three of the city’s most remarkable Buddhist temples. Wat Traimit is home to the famed Golden Buddha, the largest solid-gold statue in the world. Cast in the 13th century, the Golden Buddha was once covered in plaster to hide it from thieves—its true value wasn’t discovered until workers moving the statue to Wat Traimit in the 1950s dropped it, causing some of the plaster to chip off, revealing the gold underneath. You’ll also visit Wat Po, commonly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Thailand’s first public university and one of its earliest Thai massage schools began here. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located inside the dazzling Grand Palace, which served as a royal residence and the administrative seat of Thailand’s government for over 150 years. Within the palace complex are courts, halls and temples, each of which served a specific purpose in historic Siam. Walk around the rooms in which the royal family and their ministers lived, worked and worshipped, including the Funeral Palace, Reception Palace, Coronation Hall and Throne Hall.

    DAY 3: Bangkok
    OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Canal cruise on the Chao Phraya River
    When King Rama I moved his capital to the western banks of the Chao Phraya River in 1782, canals linked new areas with the river, causing European visitors to dub Bangkok the “Venice of the East.” Cruising these canals gives you the firsthand experience of the scenic life along Bangkok’s waterways. You’ll also visit the Royal Barges Museum, a dockyard for royal ships used in ceremonial processions, and the Temple of Dawn, the landmark setting for the annual Royal Tod Kathin ceremony, in which the king sails to the temple to deliver new robes to the monks.

    You have the entire day to explore exciting Bangkok at your leisure, seeking out whichever of the city’s many diversions suit you best. High-end shoppers can stick close to home, as some of the world’s most sophisticated shopping malls are located near the hotel. Those seeking bargains need to travel only a few minutes to Pathumwan Market for an exhilarating hunt through a labyrinth of vendor stalls. Foodies can ask their local host about the best spots to find the finest Thai food in town, while those craving a bit of relaxation might seek out a traditional Thai massage or meditation center. There’s no shortage of spectacular temples, museums and nightclubs to explore.

    DAY 4: Bangkok, fly to Ho Chi Minh City
    Check out of your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your included flight to Ho Chi Minh City. It’s time for your exciting cruise/tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong River to begin.

  • 2019 Bangkok Post-Cruise Extension: Day to Day
  • DAY 1: Bangkok
    Your included flight will take you from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a Uniworld representative, who will assist you with your luggage and take you to your hotel (located near the city’s most popular shopping district). After settling in, you may choose to rest at the hotel or go out and explore the city. Your local host will be happy to offer suggestions.

    DAY 2: Bangkok
    FEATURED EXCURSION: Bangkok city tour
    Bangkok is home to 6.5 million people, and its streets teem with life—but the city also boasts fascinating palaces and beautiful temples. Your motorcoach tour will carry you to three of the city’s most remarkable Buddhist temples. Wat Traimit is home to the famed Golden Buddha, the largest solid-gold statue in the world. Cast in the 13th century, the Golden Buddha was once covered in plaster to hide it from thieves—its true value wasn’t discovered until workers moving the statue to Wat Traimit in the 1950s dropped it, causing some of the plaster to chip off, revealing the gold underneath. You’ll also visit Wat Po, commonly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Thailand’s first public university and one of its earliest Thai massage schools began here. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located inside the dazzling Grand Palace, which served as a royal residence and the administrative seat of Thailand’s government for over 150 years. Within the palace complex are courts, halls and temples, each of which served a specific purpose in historic Siam. Walk around the rooms in which the royal family and their ministers lived, worked and worshipped, including the Funeral Palace, Reception Palace, Coronation Hall and Throne Hall.

    DAY 3: Bangkok
    OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Canal cruise on the Chao Phraya River
    When King Rama I moved his capital to the western banks of the Chao Phraya River in 1782, canals linked new areas with the river, causing European visitors to dub Bangkok the “Venice of the East.” Cruising these canals gives you the firsthand experience of the scenic life along Bangkok’s waterways. You’ll also visit the Royal Barges Museum, a dockyard for royal ships used in ceremonial processions, and the Temple of Dawn, the landmark setting for the annual Royal Tod Kathin ceremony, in which the king sails to the temple to deliver new robes to the monks.

    You have the entire day to explore exciting Bangkok at your leisure, seeking out whichever of the city’s many diversions suit you best. High-end shoppers can stick close to home, as some of the world’s most sophisticated shopping malls are located near the hotel. Those seeking bargains need to travel only a few minutes to Pathumwan Market for an exhilarating hunt through a labyrinth of vendor stalls. Foodies can ask their local host about the best spots to find the finest Thai food in town, while those craving a bit of relaxation might seek out a traditional Thai massage or meditation center. There’s no shortage of spectacular temples, museums and nightclubs to explore.

    DAY 4: Bangkok
    After breakfast at the hotel, your extraordinary Asian adventure will draw to a close; laden with fond memories of your remarkable journey, you will be transferred to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport for your flight home.

Hanoi & Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Included in your 5-day stay:

• 3 nights at the InterContinental Hanoi Westlake (or similar)
• 1 night on a Paradise Elegance Junk, Ha Long Bay with all meals onboard
• Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes and porterage
• Hanoi full day city tour
• Visit to Sung Sôt Cave and Titop Island
• All transfers and transportation

Pricing:

$1,199 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $579.

Note: This extension is for cruise/tours that begin or end in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day to Day:

  • 2019 Hanoi & Ha Long Bay Pre-Cruise/Tour Extension: Day to Day
  • Multifaceted Hanoi and breathtaking Ha Long Bay will be sure to captivate you on this five-day pre-cruise/tour extension. Between Hanoi’s centuries-old architecture, enchanting pagodas and verdant landscapes, there’s much to be explored in Vietnam’s burgeoning capital city. Ha Long Bay is an extraordinary natural wonder—an open-air geological museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. An invigorating exploration of the bay, its islands and Hanoi is the perfect way to launch your Mekong River adventure.

    DAY 1: Hanoi
    Once you’ve arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, you’ll be greeted by a Uniworld representative who will help you with your luggage and take you to your luxury hotel. After check-in, you may choose to rest at the hotel or go out and explore the city. Your local host will be happy to offer suggestions, such as a stop at the nearby Kim Lien Pagoda. The stunning 800-year-old temple, whose name means “golden lotus,” is considered the most beautiful in Hanoi.

    DAY 2: Hanoi
    Today, you’ll explore what has been called Asia’s most beautiful city. Begin your full-day city tour by visiting a complex honoring Ho Chi Minh, the founder of modern Vietnam. Here, you’ll see his residence, the museum devoted to his life and the iconic One Pillar Pagoda, which has been built and rebuilt countless times since 1049 AD. You’ll also visit the Temple of Literature, which was originally built as a Confucian temple in 1070 AD and later became the site of Vietnam’s first university. See another aspect of Vietnam’s complex history by stepping into one of the cells of Hoa Lo, a French colonial-era prison that was known to American pilots held there during the Vietnam War as the “Hanoi Hilton.” Much of the original prison has been demolished, but the remnants are now a museum.

    After lunch, it’s time to hop onboard an electric car for a tour of colonial Hanoi. The city’s elegant, tree-lined boulevards and weathered colonial buildings are sure to delight you, as are the affable street vendors selling everything from flowers to ice cream off the backs of their bicycles. Enjoy a traditional water puppet show, a thousand-year-old musical performance that tells tales from northern Vietnam’s rural villages.

    DAY 3: Ha Long Bay
    Pay witness to the otherworldly beauty of Ha Long Bay, where emerald waters are flanked by towering limestone pillars and a seemingly endless collection of islets. Board a traditional sampan for a water-bound tour past some of the bay’s most colorful fishing villages. Adventurers will rejoice at a one-of-a-kind excursion that will bring you to one of the most spectacular caves—Sung Sot Cave on Bo Hon Island. This massive cave encompasses three separate chambers filled with stalactites and stalagmites, and also gives a colorful ethereal glow. After, you’ll have time to swim or enjoy optional services, including a kayak trip through the bay or a relaxing massage.

    DAY 4: Hanoi
    Disembark today and return to Hanoi, where you’ll check back into the hotel from the start of your extension. You’ll then have the rest of the day to spend at leisure in Vietnam’s charming capital city. Perhaps you’d like to venture up to the 65th floor of the of the Lotte Center for an unmatched view of the city or head into the Old Quarter for a look at the Heritage House, a beautifully decorated, traditional merchant’s house.

    DAY 5: Hanoi
    Your extension may be over, but there’s much more to discover as you fly to Ho Chi Minh City and embark on your cruise/tour.

  • 2019 Hanoi & Ha Long Bay Post-Cruise/Tour Extension: Day to Day
  • Multifaceted Hanoi and breathtaking Ha Long Bay will be sure to captivate you on this five-day post-cruise/tour extension. Between Hanoi’s centuries-old architecture, enchanting pagodas and verdant landscapes, there’s much to be explored in Vietnam’s burgeoning capital city. Ha Long Bay is an extraordinary natural wonder—an open-air geological museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. An invigorating exploration of the bay, its islands and Hanoi is the perfect way to launch your Mekong River adventure.

    DAY 1: Hanoi
    Once you’ve arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, you’ll be greeted by a Uniworld representative who will help you with your luggage and take you to your luxury hotel. After check-in, you may choose to rest at the hotel or go out and explore the city. Your local host will be happy to offer suggestions, such as a stop at the nearby Kim Lien Pagoda. The stunning 800-year-old temple, whose name means “golden lotus,” is considered the most beautiful in Hanoi.

    DAY 2: Hanoi
    Today, you’ll explore what has been called Asia’s most beautiful city. Begin your full-day city tour by visiting a complex honoring Ho Chi Minh, the founder of modern Vietnam. Here, you’ll see his residence, the museum devoted to his life and the iconic One Pillar Pagoda, which has been built and rebuilt countless times since 1049 AD. You’ll also visit the Temple of Literature, which was originally built as a Confucian temple in 1070 AD and later became the site of Vietnam’s first university. See another aspect of Vietnam’s complex history by stepping into one of the cells of Hoa Lo, a French colonial-era prison that was known to American pilots held there during the Vietnam War as the “Hanoi Hilton.” Much of the original prison has been demolished, but the remnants are now a museum.

    After lunch, it’s time to hop onboard an electric car for a tour of colonial Hanoi. The city’s elegant, tree-lined boulevards and weathered colonial buildings are sure to delight you, as are the affable street vendors selling everything from flowers to ice cream off the backs of their bicycles. Enjoy a traditional water puppet show, a thousand-year-old musical performance that tells tales from northern Vietnam’s rural villages.

    DAY 3: Ha Long Bay
    Pay witness to the otherworldly beauty of Ha Long Bay, where emerald waters are flanked by towering limestone pillars and a seemingly endless collection of islets. Board a traditional sampan for a water-bound tour past some of the bay’s most colorful fishing villages. Adventurers will rejoice at a one-of-a-kind excursion that will bring you to one of the most spectacular caves—Sung Sot Cave on Bo Hon Island. This massive cave encompasses three separate chambers filled with stalactites and stalagmites, and also gives a colorful ethereal glow. After, you’ll have time to swim or enjoy optional services, including a kayak trip through the bay or a relaxing massage.

    DAY 4: Hanoi
    Disembark today and return to Hanoi, where you’ll check back into the hotel from the start of your extension. You’ll then have the rest of the day to spend at leisure in Vietnam’s charming capital city. Perhaps you’d like to venture up to the 65th floor of the of the Lotte Center for an unmatched view of the city or head into the Old Quarter for a look at the Heritage House, a beautifully decorated, traditional merchant’s house.

    DAY 5: Hanoi
    You’ll check out of your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport. Though your adventure has ended, the memories will last you a lifetime.

Sapa, Vietnam

Included in your 6-day stay:

• 2 nights at the InterContinental Hanoi Westlake (or similar)
• 3 nights at the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa (or similar)
• Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes and porterage
• Cross-cultural encounters with Vietnam’s ethnic hill tribes
• All transfers and transportation

Pricing:

$1,299 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $549.

Note: This extension is for cruise/tours that begin or end in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day to Day:

  • 2019 Sapa Pre-Cruise Extension: Day to Day
  • DAY 1: Hanoi
    Once you’ve arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, you’ll be greeted by a Uniworld representative who will help you with your luggage and take you to your luxury hotel. After check-in, you may choose to rest at the hotel or go out and explore the city. Your local host will be happy to offer suggestions, such as a stop at the nearby Kim Lien Pagoda. The stunning 800-year-old temple, whose name means “golden lotus,” is considered the most beautiful in Hanoi.

    DAY 2: Hanoi, transfer to Sapa
    This morning you’ll check out of your hotel after breakfast and head via motorcoach to Sapa, where you’ll check in and relax over lunch.

    FEATURED EXCURSION: Sapa’s vivid street life
    Join a guide to get acquainted with the boisterous, everchanging streets of the town. Stroll down Cau May Street, the town’s main avenue, to the open-air market. Like a European market town, Sapa’s open-air market spreads out around a Gothic-style church in the center of town. Unlike a European town market, though, you won’t find tables and canopies; rather, you’ll find the vendors—who are often the creators of their wares—sitting on the grass or sidewalk with their goods spread out around them: colorful and intricately hand-stitched and embroidered textiles, bags, garments, sandals and jewelry. After your tour, you can venture off on your own. A climb to the top of the Sapa Radio Tower will reward you with a great view of the town and its environs.

    DAY 3: Sapa
    FEATURED EXCURSION: “Huge sky, great green mountains”
    One of Vietnam’s most famous poets, Khong Lo, began a poem with that line in the 12th century, but it might describe your adventure today in the Sapa highlands. People come from all over the world to trek through this ravishing landscape; join them on the trail to the villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van. Rice paddies are terraced into impossibly steep hillsides, water buffalo graze beside the path, women work in the fields—every step calls for another photo. Lao Chai is home to about 100 Black Hmong families; the Hmong migrated over the mountains from China around 300 years ago and, like other ethnic minorities in the area, have maintained their distinctive culture and lifestyle over the centuries. Lunch awaits you at the community house in the village of Ta Van, where you will also have a chance to watch traditional dances performed to music played on the qeej (a reed pipe) and other traditional instruments. It’s almost like stepping into a living history museum—but these are real people maintaining their genuine traditions; nothing here has been recreated.

    After lunch, your group will head up to Silver Falls and Heaven’s Gate, two of the most scenic spots in this astonishingly scenic region. Silver Falls—sometimes fancifully described as a white dragon—spills down a series of cliffs. The road winds up from the falls to the pass called Heaven’s Gate, where you’ll have a fabulous view of the Sapa valley below and the surrounding mountains, including Mount Fansipan, Vietnam’s tallest peak.

    DAY 4: Sapa
    FEATURED EXCURSION: Ethnic communities
    Sapa’s street market takes place every day, as the Hmong bring their handcrafts in to sell them, but many villages in the area also host outdoor markets once a week. You’ll ramble through one of these markets—its location will be determined by the day of the week—and stop at Ta Phin, home to the Red Dao people. There are 24 different ethnic groups in this region, each one following its own customs and speaking its own language. Traditional garb helps identify each group: Black Hmong women, for instance, generally wear black headdresses; Flower Hmong are among the colorfully dressed. The Red Dao women wear red headdresses. In Ta Phin you’ll see the area’s characteristic bamboo-and-wood houses topped with corrugated roofs, often with wood stacked along one wall for burning—it’s a simple life, with meals prepared over an open fire. Men and women work in the fields growing corn and rice; women create the elaborately embroidered costumes they wear. Did these people cross from China into Vietnam at the same spot on the border where you’ll stop for a photo opportunity? No one knows, of course, but it’s not hard to imagine that crossing all those centuries ago.

    DAY 5: Sapa, transfer to Hanoi
    This morning you’ll check out of your hotel after breakfast and head via motorcoach to the hotel from the start of your extension. You’ll then have the rest of the day to spend at leisure in Vietnam’s charming capital city. Perhaps you’d like to venture up to the 65th floor of the of the Lotte Center for an unmatched view of the city or head into the Old Quarter for a look at the Heritage House, a beautifully decorated, traditional merchant’s house.

    DAY 6: Hanoi, fly to Ho Chi Minh City
    Your extension may be over, but there’s much more to discover. Check out of your hotel after breakfast and fly to Ho Chi Minh City. It’s time for your exciting cruise/tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong River to begin.

  • 2019 Sapa Post-Cruise Extension: Day to Day
  • DAY 1: Ho Chi Minh City, fly to Hanoi
    Once you’ve arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, you’ll be greeted by a Uniworld representative who will help you with your luggage and take you to your luxury hotel. After check-in, you may choose to rest at the hotel or go out and explore the city. Your local host will be happy to offer suggestions, such as a stop at the nearby Kim Lien Pagoda. The stunning 800-year-old temple, whose name means “golden lotus,” is considered the most beautiful in Hanoi.

    DAY 2: Hanoi, transfer to Sapa
    This morning you’ll check out of your hotel after breakfast and head via motorcoach to Sapa, where you’ll check in and relax over lunch.

    FEATURED EXCURSION: Sapa’s vivid street life
    Join a guide to get acquainted with the boisterous, everchanging streets of the town. Stroll down Cau May Street, the town’s main avenue, to the open-air market. Like a European market town, Sapa’s open-air market spreads out around a Gothic-style church in the center of town. Unlike a European town market, though, you won’t find tables and canopies; rather, you’ll find the vendors—who are often the creators of their wares—sitting on the grass or sidewalk with their goods spread out around them: colorful and intricately hand-stitched and embroidered textiles, bags, garments, sandals and jewelry. After your tour, you can venture off on your own. A climb to the top of the Sapa Radio Tower will reward you with a great view of the town and its environs.

    DAY 3: Sapa
    FEATURED EXCURSION: “Huge sky, great green mountains”
    One of Vietnam’s most famous poets, Khong Lo, began a poem with that line in the 12th century, but it might describe your adventure today in the Sapa highlands. People come from all over the world to trek through this ravishing landscape; join them on the trail to the villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van. Rice paddies are terraced into impossibly steep hillsides, water buffalo graze beside the path, women work in the fields—every step calls for another photo. Lao Chai is home to about 100 Black Hmong families; the Hmong migrated over the mountains from China around 300 years ago and, like other ethnic minorities in the area, have maintained their distinctive culture and lifestyle over the centuries. Lunch awaits you at the community house in the village of Ta Van, where you will also have a chance to watch traditional dances performed to music played on the qeej (a reed pipe) and other traditional instruments. It’s almost like stepping into a living history museum—but these are real people maintaining their genuine traditions; nothing here has been recreated.

    After lunch, your group will head up to Silver Falls and Heaven’s Gate, two of the most scenic spots in this astonishingly scenic region. Silver Falls—sometimes fancifully described as a white dragon—spills down a series of cliffs. The road winds up from the falls to the pass called Heaven’s Gate, where you’ll have a fabulous view of the Sapa valley below and the surrounding mountains, including Mount Fansipan, Vietnam’s tallest peak.

    DAY 4: Sapa
    FEATURED EXCURSION: Ethnic communities
    Sapa’s street market takes place every day, as the Hmong bring their handcrafts in to sell them, but many villages in the area also host outdoor markets once a week. You’ll ramble through one of these markets—its location will be determined by the day of the week—and stop at Ta Phin, home to the Red Dao people. There are 24 different ethnic groups in this region, each one following its own customs and speaking its own language. Traditional garb helps identify each group: Black Hmong women, for instance, generally wear black headdresses; Flower Hmong are among the colorfully dressed. The Red Dao women wear red headdresses. In Ta Phin you’ll see the area’s characteristic bamboo-and-wood houses topped with corrugated roofs, often with wood stacked along one wall for burning—it’s a simple life, with meals prepared over an open fire. Men and women work in the fields growing corn and rice; women create the elaborately embroidered costumes they wear. Did these people cross from China into Vietnam at the same spot on the border where you’ll stop for a photo opportunity? No one knows, of course, but it’s not hard to imagine that crossing all those centuries ago.

    DAY 5: Sapa, transfer to Hanoi
    Check out of your hotel in Sapa and return to Hanoi, where you’ll check into your hotel for one last night in Vietnam. You’ll have some free time in the afternoon to explore on your own.

    DAY 6: Hanoi
    You’ll check out of your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport. Though your adventure has ended, the memories will last you a lifetime.

Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $190 per person.
  • Single supplement applies for single accommodation.
  • The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.