Day-By-Day

Our itinerary is crafted to offer a balanced & in-depth experience


The Vietnam and Cambodia itinerary offers an in-depth exploration of historic sites and a look into the cultures and traditions of people living along the Mekong River. Flexibility is a hallmark of Lindblad-National Geographic expeditions, so our day-to-day itinerary may change as we choose to take advantage of a unique opportunity or photographers decide to linger in a village through the golden hour of light.

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Embark: Siem Reap

Disembark: Saigon


The ship travels from Siem Reap to Saigon on the itinerary below.

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  • DAY 1-3: U.S./Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Depart in the evening, “lose” a day crossing the international date line, and arrive in Siem Reap on Day 3. Settle into our outstanding Khmer style hotel, La Résidence d’Angkor, on the banks of the Siem Reap River.

  • DAY 4-5: Angkor

    Rise early to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat. This 12th-century Khmer temple, one of the world’s largest religious monuments, is adorned with elaborate bas-reliefs and sculptures. Ride a tuk-tuk, or motorized rickshaw, to the walled city of Angkor Thom. Discover the shrines of Ta Prohm and the temple of Banteay Srei. Enjoy traditional Cambodian music and dance at a beautifully-lit private dinner at one of Angkor’s temples. Visit a workshop where local youth are trained in age-old Khmer arts. (Day 4: B,L,D; Day 5: B,D)

  • DAY 6: Kampong Cham / Embark Jahan

    Drive to the bustling town of Kampong Cham and embark the Jahan, our home for the next seven nights. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7: Wat Hanchey or Koh Dach / Angkor Ban

    At Wat Hanchey, see a variety of temples, including an 8th-century temple from the pre-Angkor Chenla period, or see the silk weaving village of Koh Dach. Continue to the village of Angkor Ban, with its traditional houses and friendly residents. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 8: Kampong Chhnang / Kampong Tralach

    Visit a village where artisans make traditional pottery, and board local boats to see the clustered houses and shops that float in midstream. At Kampong Tralach, take an oxcart ride through rice paddies to a local school. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 9: Phnom Penh

    Explore the Cambodian capital by cyclo (bicycle taxi), and visit the Royal Palace and the National Museum of Cambodia. Learn about the reign of the Khmer Rouge on a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. This evening, enjoy an apsara dance performance. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 10: Cruising the Mekong

    Take in views of everyday life along the river, attend talks by our experts, and join our chefs to learn how to cook regional dishes. Cross the border into Vietnam. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 11: Chau Doc or Tan Chau, Vietnam

    Chau Doc has one of Vietnam’s most interesting markets, with an astonishing variety of tropical fruits, vegetables and other goods. We continue to a floating market on the river and a fish farm, where we see fish being fed through trap doors in the floating platforms. In the afternoon, we continue sailing the Mekong. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 12: Sadec / Cai Be

    Take a local boat to experience rural life in the Mekong Delta. See the floating market of Cai Be, step into a rice “factory” to watch rice-based candies being made, and cruise among floating markets and fish farms. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner aboard the Jahan. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 13: My Tho / Saigon / Disembark

    Disembark in My Tho and visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda. Then journey to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and check into the Park Hyatt Saigon for two nights. Meet with a local expert on Vietnam’s modern development, and have a private dinner at the former residence of U.S. ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (B,L,D)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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