I am so excited to soon be leaving for an 11-day adventure through beautiful Vietnam and Cambodia! I feel like it is such an amazing opportunity to be able to and I can’t wait to get started. For the beginning and end of our trip will be on our own sandwiched with a 7-day cruise down the Mekong River with AMAWaterways. Here’s a rundown of whats to come:
Days 1-4: Arrive in Siem Reap, Cambodia for a stay at the gorgeous Sofitel Royal Angkor. There’s plenty of time to get over the jet lag and then head to the amazing temples of Angkor Wat, including a look at Ta Prohm, and the Bayon Temple. I really have my fingers crossed for an elephant ride as well! We will also be spending this time in Siem Reap during the Cambodian (Khmer) New Year’s celebration which is typically celebrated for three days, can’t wait to see how it’s done! From there we transfer to our beautiful AMAWaterways ship and pass through local fishing villages as we depart for Kampong Chhang
Day 5: Board a local boat and tour the floating villages in Kampong Chhang. From there we take an oxcart ride and tour the pagoda pf Wat Kapong Tralach Pleu, also get the chance to tour a Buddhist Monastery and perhaps even receive a special blessing. Bonus highlight!
Day 6: A visit to the silk weaving village of Chong Koh and then set sail for the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.
Day 7: Today will be spent touring the Phnom Penh which is known for its French colonial architecture , busy cafes, and vibrant nightlife. Also a visit to the spectacular Silver Pagoda and National Museum. The afternoon will include a somber visit to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s S21 Detention Center.
Day 8: Crossing the border into Vietnam – a.k.a. a day of relaxing and recouping on the ship!
Day 9: Hop aboard small boats to a floating fish farm and navigate the small villages filled with stilt houses. From there take a trishaw to Tan Chau to visit a rattan mat-making and slippers workshop. Afterwards off to enjoy a Mekong folklore performance.
Day 10: A visit to the town of Sa Dec to see famous French writer Marguerite Daras childhood home. Then a visit to the French military base of Xeo Quyt and a tour of a French Gothic Cathedral. The day ends with a rice paper workshop and a candy making workshop. Yum!
Day 11: Say goodbye to the ship and head to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) where we get to spend our remaining hours touring the city and perhaps the Vietnam War Memorial and Museum. Then it’s time to say Au Revoir to Southeast Asia!
I can’t wait to meet the amazing people of both these countries and experience their culture… and the food! Until next time….
(Photos courtesy of AMAWaterways)