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: Saigon

Disembark: Siem Reap


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

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  • DAY 1-3: U.S./Saigon, Vietnam

    Depart in the evening, “lose” a day crossing the international date line, and arrive in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam, on Day 3. Settle into the Park Hyatt Hotel.

  • DAY 4: Saigon

    This morning meet with a local expert on Vietnam's modern development, followed by a tour of Saigon’s landmarks, including Bitexco Tower, post office, and the Reunification Palace, headquarters of the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War. Lunch is at leisure. A visit to the War Remnant Museum is offered in the afternoon. In the evening we'll take in a performance of water puppetry—a distinctive Vietnamese folk art, practiced here for over 300 years, followed by a private cocktail reception at the former residence of U.S. ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. then enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

  • DAY 5: My Tho / Embark Jahan

    This morning visit the Cu Chi tunnel, part of a huge network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. If you wish, tour the War Remnants Museum, which gives a strong view of the war through the eyes of the Vietnamese. After lunch we drive to My Tho, and stop at the great Vinh Trang pagoda, originally built in 1850. We continue to the Mekong River, embark Jahan for the start of our seven-night sail on the Mekong. We have welcome drinks and dinner aboard ship. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6: Cai Be / Sadec

    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. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7: Tan Chau or Chau Doc, 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 8: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    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 9: Cruising the River / Kampong Chhnang

    This morning, we cruise the Tonle Sap River. This afternoon we drive a short way from the town of Kampong Chhnang to a village where pottery is still made for sale to local residents by traditional methods. We’ll see how the pots are made and learn about the uses of the palm tree, complete with a taste of palm sugar if you’re so inclined. Then local boats will take us along the Tonle Sap for a glimpse into a unique way of life: seeing the floating houses and shops that line the riverbanks here. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 10: Kampong Tralach / Koh Dach or Wat Hanchey

    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 11: Angkor Ban / Kampong Cham

    We explore the community of Angkor Ban, with many old-style houses built on stilts—some of them very tall. There’s a chance to walk through town and meet the friendly local residents. There is a fine pagoda along the riverside, and views of the fields across the river that runs into the Mekong. We also stop at the bustling town of Kampong Cham and visit remarkable Wat Nokor, where a well preserved 11th-century temple forms the heart of a contemporary pagoda that remains in active use. The reliefs on the old temple are exceptional, as are the decorations of the more modern one.  Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner aboard the Jahan. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 12: Kampong Cham / Disembark / Siem Reap / Angkor

    Disembark Jahan at Kampong Cham for the drive to Siem Reap, where lunch will be available upon arrival to the hotel. We spend the next three nights at outstanding La Résidence d’Angkor, built along the Siem Reap River in traditional Khmer style, with spacious rooms with teak furniture and bamboo screens. Siem Reap is the gateway to the great temple complex of Angkor, and this afternoon we visit the evocative temple Ta Prohm. The jungle has been allowed to continue growing here, framing the structures with the twisted roots and branches of ceiba and fig trees, giving you an idea of what archaeologists encountered when they began their work in the area. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant. (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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