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Best of Southeast Asia River Cruises Holiday

CAMBODIA - VIETNAM - LAOS - THAILAND

Explore the best of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand on this Southeast Asia River Cruise Holiday.  Immerse yourself in diverse landscapes, breathtaking scenery, hidden bays, bustling cities, tranquil countryside, the historical, cultural and culinary treasures in each destination.  

Enjoy first-class touring with professional English speaking local tour guides to discover the amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat. Then fly to Vietnam to embark on the luxury 5* Era cruise to set sail into the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay.

Fly to Laos and relax onboard your boutique deluxe vessel of RV Mekong Pearl and enjoy unspoiled nature along the mighty upper Mekong—one of the most difficult rivers in the world to navigate, with fluctuating water levels, tight gorges, labyrinths of sandbanks and churning rapids.​ Brace yourself with unspoiled vistas of jungle-like landscapes, impressive rock formations, and secluded villages offering you an authentic experience and a warm welcome.

Trip code : TW0821LTL

Duration : 14 days

Destination : CAMBODIA - VIETNAM - LAOS - THAILAND

Travel Dates :2021

  • Enjoy first-class touring with our professional English speaking local guides
  • Small group excursion and tours from 2 to 16 passengers
  • Visit the awe-inspiring Angkor temple complex and enjoy a beautiful sunset looking out over rice fields and the temple towers
  • Enjoy the spectacular views of Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay, a sublime natural wonder, onboard the luxury 5* Era cruise
  • Ride on the iconic Cyclo to spot the hidden gems of the French-influenced Old Quarter
  • Discover the hidden side of the Mekong through Laos and Thailand
  • Relax aboard this exclusive boutique German/Laotian river vessel and enjoy unspoiled nature of the Upper Mekong River 
  • Visit small villages along the way and explore hidden caves
  • Watch farmers and elephants work side by side along the river 
  • Enjoy amazing landscapes, impressive rock formations tight gorges while our ship navigates through one of the most challenging rivers
  • Experience rural Laos and explore the beautiful waterfalls of Kuang Si 
  • Satisfy your tastebuds with exquisite local Laotian and Thai dishes 
  • Gain an insight into the local culture through traditional dance and music performances
  • Awake your imagination with Luang Prabang's spiritual nourishment and rich heritage

On your arrival at Siem Reap's International Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, after a trip briefing, then enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

Morning: After breakfast, you will visit The Southern Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, Baphuon, and Phimeanakas temples, plus Terraces of the Elephant and leper King. Lunch at a famous local restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit Ta prohm then explore the Angkor Wat temple, the 7th Wonder of the Ancient World. You will climb up to Bakheng Hill to watch the sunset over Angkor Wat and the surrounding area.

On your arrival at Noi Bai's International Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy the iconic cyclo tour around the Old Quarter. Have your first glimpse of Hanoi, then enjoy a Dinner.4

Today, you will be transferred to Haiphong City and embark on your luxury 5* Era Cruise to discover the Halong Bay.

After boarding a special lunch of fresh seafood and an assortment of appetizing favorites will be served as we set sail for Lan Ha Bay passing by the Da Chong islet where you will see a lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago. After lunch, explore the extraordinary limestone karst landscapes and crystal clear waters of the bay, by swimming or kayaking in the Ba Trai Dao beach or Tra Bau area.

Before dinner, a Vietnamese cooking demonstration is a great way to learn how to prepare delicious appetizers and you will be guided through the process.  At 5.30-6.30pm, it is "Happy hour" with a special drink menu (buy one get another one for free).

Tonight, enjoy a special Signature Dinner in the restaurant. After dinner, relax with an exotic cocktail or whatever takes your fancy. Our bar has a wide range of wines, beers and liquors available.  In the evening order a Spa service, or enjoy the many activities onboard such as watching documentary movies, squid fishing or simply relax on our rooftop deck under the cover of a star-filled sky.

Accommodation: Era Cruise 

Early birds are welcome to attend sunrise Tai Chi on our upper deck, which is an excellent way to get your energy levels up for today's adventures.

After breakfast, board our Era day boat to head to Viet Hai Village. Take a bicycle trip along the village paths, through rain forests and dark tunnels. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the rice fields along the way. Relax at the village and visit an ancient local house, made from straw, mud, bamboo…you will have a chance to see the local people and witness their way of life. Optional electric car service is available (at an extra cost).

Enjoy a delicious lunch with Signature set menu on our day boat.

After lunch, enjoy your free time kayaking and swimming at Ba Ham Lake area situated in the middle of a narrow, rectangular area, with all four sides enclosed by vertical cliffs (if the weather permits). Before dinner, the bar opens for Happy Hour with "buy one get one free ", and you can enjoy cooking demonstrations to discover the Vietnamese cuisine of traditional spring rolls.

Tonight, we have another special dinner offering you outstanding food and quality service.

This evening is yours to enjoy as you please.  We will hold a movie night with a selection of films available and have a selection of board games for your entertainment. Our bar is always open and is an ideal place to meet new people and share stories about your adventures.

Accommodation: Era Cruise 

In the morning, practice Tai Chi onboard. Relax with an early morning cup of tea, coffee or juice anywhere you wish on the boat and watch the never ending miraculous scenery unfold before you. Enjoy the last stage of your Halong cruise to Dark & Bright cave and islets by local rowing boats which is a wild and mysterious beauty in the middle of the World Heritage. Back to our main board to enjoy brunch, then check out of your cabin. 

You will be transferred back to the wharf, then transfer you back to your hotel in Hanoi.  Enjoy your day at leisure. 

On your arrival at Luang Prabang airport, you are picked up and transferred to the city center. In the afternoon, you board your boutique Laotian cruise ship. You settle into your comfortable cabin and unpack for an eight-day cruise. Your first excursion is a walk up Mount Phou Si, which offers a spectacular sunset view over the Mekong as well as the Khan River and the surrounding mountains.

In the evening, you can take a stroll along the Mekong promenade or visit the colorful Hmong night market. You have time to enjoy the ship’s spacious decks and lounge before attending your welcome reception and dinner. A selection of Asian and European food is provided throughout the cruise.

Overnight on board.

After breakfast on board, you explore the city on a half-day excursion, beginning with the famous Wat Xieng Thong temple and the National Museum of Luang Prabang. You enjoy the city’s unique architectural style, which is a blend of Buddhist temples and monasteries with French colonial buildings.

During lunch on board, your vessel starts cruising downstream. An afternoon tuk-tuk excursion takes you to the Kuang Si Falls, one of the most gorgeous waterfalls in Laos.

Overnight on board.

After a relaxing morning on board, you stop at the famous Pak Ou Caves, populated by thousands of Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes. From there, you can go on a short jungle trek through the forest to a small riverside village and visit the village distillery. Alternatively, you can reach the village comfortably by boat. That afternoon, you continue cruising upstream towards Oudomxay Province.

Overnight on board. 

The river traffic thins out as you proceed upstream, where you enjoy fantastic landscapes along the river. You relax on deck, in your comfortable cabin or in the lounge and soak up the scenery as the landscape becomes more and more spectacular—hills covered with tropical vegetation, awe-inspiring rock formations along the riverbanks, and a diverse array of rapid currents and slow rivulets. The power of the mighty Mekong will give your cruise the feeling of a real expedition.

Overnight on board.

Today is a day to take it all in—the diversity of the landscape astonishes you as tropical hills emerge in the distance. You enjoy the tranquility of northern Laos, a real retreat from the hustle-and-bustle of life back home. As you cruise past green hillsides, you start heading upstream toward Pak Tha. In the evening, you enjoy our barbecue dinner in a beautiful riverside location.

Overnight on board.

At Pak Tha, a small village, you take off on a long-tail boat excursion on the Namtha River to visit a Khmu village. The small village school has been supported by donations from guests for many years. The purely natural landscape is only broken by seldom sights of small villages and herds of cattle.

In the afternoon, you proceed to the Thailand–Laos border at Chiang Khong, Thailand, and Huay Xay, Laos. That evening, you relax and enjoy your final delicious dinner in Laos.

Overnight on board.

Today you go on an excursion to the Golden Triangle area at Chiang Saen, where you visit the Golden Buddha of Sop Ruak and the Hall of Opium Museum. This fascinating museum, sponsored by the royal family of Thailand, gives a deep background on the history and politics of the opium trade and the health effects of opium abuse. Your last evening onboard is celebrated with a farewell dinner.

Overnight on board.

After breakfast you say goodbye to your Laotian crew. Later you check out and disembark from your boutique ship, taking with you a treasure chest of memories.

*Depending on the season and water level, check-out is either at Chiang Saen or Chiang Khong. (B)

***Important Note***

For operational reasons and passenger safety, Tweet World Travel and its suppliers reserve the right to change, vary, modify or cancel any itinerary or arrangement in relation to the tour/cruise as considered necessary.

  • 2 nights on board luxury 5* Era Cruise in Halong Bay
  • 7 nights in selected cabin type onboard boutique Mekong river cruise ship 4* RV Mekong Pearl
  • 2 nights in 4-star plus hotel in Hanoi 
  • 2 nights in 4-star plus hotel in Siem Reap
  • International flight from Siem Reap to Hanoi with Vietnam Airlines
  • International flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang (Laos)
  • Local English-speaking tour guides
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing according to the itinerary
  • All excursions according to the itinerary
  • Tours and transfers according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water in vehicles and on the ship
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, =Lunch, and D=Dinner)
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, and water onboard your boutique river cruise ship
  • Presentations and lectures on board by the cruise director
  • All transfers between airports and hotels during the cruise and tour

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