$4195.00

FROM: $4195 USD

UPCOMING: Jan. 3, 2018

Vietnam & Cambodia Gay River Cruise

A Mekong River Cruise in Southeast Asia

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Two of Asia’s hottest nations await on this brand-new, all-inclusive OUT Adventure. We begin with four days in Cambodia’s resort town of Siem Reap, with a chance to explore the legendary Angkor Wat. We then board an all-gay, private and luxurious seven-night river cruise along the Mekong that ventures through stilted villages, Phnom Penh, and gorgeous countryside. Finally, our journey wraps in Saigon – aka Ho Chi Minh City – where Vietnam's ancient and modern worlds collide. If you're feeling extra spicy, make the most of your trip by joining our Hanoi & Ha Long Bay Extension (see related tours below). Combine the two trips to save $300 on your Mekong Cruise and $175 on your Hanoi extension (not combinable with other discounts).

QUICK FACTS

Duration: 13 Days/12 Nights
Starts In: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Ends In: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
Group Size: Min 20, Max 44
Deposit: $750 USD
Physical Rating: 2/5
Accommodation: 4-Star Hotel (2 nights), 5-Star Hotel (3 nights), Luxury River Cruise (7 nts)
Cabin Types: Main Deck ($4195 SOLD OUT)/Upper Deck ($4895)

DEPARTURES & PRICES:

Jan. 3, 2018 to Jan. 15, 2018 - 4195.00 USD

HIGHLIGHTS

• One of our most all-inclusive adventures! Every meal, drinks at restaurant dinners, and beer/spirits on the ship are covered in the price
• See local tales told through performing arts at the Phare Circus
• Watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat
• Take part in a Siem Reap Cooking Class
• Marvel at the smiling stone faces and bas reliefs of Bayon Temple
• Visit with some rare Irrawaddy River Dolphins
• Get a look at life before the Khmer Rouge Regime in Angkor Ban
• Embark on a seven-night luxury river cruise
• Visit a tribal village and cat fish farm in Chau Doc
• Be brutally entertained with two fabulous shows along with a trivia night hosted by “Female Delusionist Extraordinaire”, Miss Conception
• Dine at sensational restaurants that beautifully showcase local cuisine
• Explore Phnom Penh by cyclo (tricycle taxi)
• Scurry through the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels
• Spend a full day exploring Ho Chi Minh City, including a stop at Reunification Palace

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ITINERARY:

Joom reab sour! Welcome to Cambodia! Our trip kicks off at 6PM with a group meeting, followed by an included dinner and drinks. Tonight’s restaurant is noteworthy as it’s restored the glory of Cambodian cuisine following the downfall of the Khmer Rouge regime and civil war. After that, we’ll savour some optional cocktails at a local gay bar.

We have a massive day ahead of us, beginning with a trip to the world-famous City of Angkor, where bas-relief carvings and architecture offer fab fodder for photographers. We’ll explore the temples with our guides, and enjoy an included lunch. Tonight’s dinner is also included, at a restaurant that trains underprivileged young adults, and it happens to be a favourite spot of ours. The night wraps with a circus (literally) where young Cambodian artists tell their tales through music and more performing arts.

Photography enthusiasts are in for a treat! We’ll rise before dawn and head to Angkor Wat for sunrise, followed by breakfast at the hotel. Then we’ll explore favourite ruins like Banteay Srei, a sandstone temple devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. This afternoon we’ll visit the countryside, venture through a village, and end the day by splitting into smaller groups for a cooking class with local chefs. Our unforgettable creations will then be savoured over views of the sun setting beyond the paddy fields.

After breakfast we’ll transfer to Kampong Cham, a provincial capital defined by the hustle of its markets and French colonial architecture. We’ll stop at Kampong Thom en route, with a simple boxed lunch served on the bus en route to the beautiful RV Mekong Pandaw – our home for the next seven nights. We’ll enjoy cocktail hour on the Sunset Deck, followed by a briefing and our first dinner aboard while we cruise towards Chhlong.

Today we sail for Kratie, a low-key French colonial town famous for its rare Irrawaddy River Dolphins (the other two places they can be found are on India's Ganges River, and Myanmar's Irrawaddy River itself). As this is a protected area, we’ll board smaller vessels to venture out in search of these glorious cetaceans.

Continuing our journey down the river, today we visit three great destinations. First up is the very curious Monkey Temple. Then we'll visit the remote Wat Hanchey, which offers fantastic views. Finally, we stop at Angkor Ban, a commune of stilted wooden houses that survived the Khmer Rouge Regime, for a glimpse at Cambodian tradition.

Today we’ll explore Cambodia's capital by iconic tricycle taxis known as cyclos. We’ll visit the Silver Pagoda, the National Museum, and the Royal Palace. Even better, our rides come care of The Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh, a charity providing basic welfare and medical services to the drivers of these unique cabs. In the afternoon, we’ll take a sobering break to visit the Killing Fields and Khmer Rouge's grim Tuol Sleng (or S21 detention centre).

The Tonle River awaits today, with visits to a silver-making village, Kampong Trolach, and the craft town of Chong Koh known for its silk weavers. Depending on water levels we'll either travel by ship or by coach, soaking up the vibrant local life along the river banks.

It’s an easy day of cruising as we make our way up the main Mekong channel. This international shipping route is also Vietnam’s border, so we’ll stop to sort out immigration formalities – this could take a while, so why not arm yourself with a cocktail or book? You can also go behind the scenes of our cruise with onboard tours, or take part in a cooking and fruit carving demonstration.

Today we’ll visit a Chau Doc town, known for its stilted homes, a Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm. If you want some time to yourself, you may also break off from the group, grab a mountain bike, and explore on your own. The village exudes a charming French style, the local market is excellent, and if you have a chance, don’t miss the colourful Catholic church after a brief Vietnam history lesson in a local “saloon”. Our night will be spent in Cai Bei, the Mekong River Delta.

While the river cruise is over, our trip is most certainly not! This morning we’ll disembark and transfer to Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon), with a stop at the Cu Chi Tunnels for a tour. This extensive underground network, dug by the Viet Minh and Viet Cong, actually contained hospitals, accommodations and schools (beware the tunnels can be hot, sweaty, and claustrophobic for some). We’ll then check-in to our lavish riverside hotel, then freshen up for an included dinner at KOTO – another fantastic restaurant that trains underprivileged youth. The rest of the evening is free to relax.

“Saigon” is full of chaotic thrills. Ancient and modern worlds mingle. Temples stand defiantly among zooming scooters and new architecture. We’ll visit Thien Hau Temple (built in the early 19th century, and dedicated to the goddess of seafarers). We delve deeper into Chinatown, and visit the dazzling Cholon and Binh Tay Markets. Lunch will be a classic Vietnamese ‘pho’ noodle soup, before we head for the Reunification Palace, War museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post office and Opera House. After this final, ambitious afternoon, we’ll celebrate a Farewell Dinner at one of the city’s best restaurants that features local cuisine with modern flare!

There are no activities planned today until your complimentary departure transfer. That said, you could keep the adventure alive with our Hanoi Tour Extension (details to come).

• All Gratuities
• All meals, including wine/beer with restaurant dinners
• Arrival/departure transfers to/from accommodation booked through OUT Adventures
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour
• Angkor Wat & Temple Tours
• Siem Reap Cooking Class

• Siem Reap Phare Circus
• Siem Reap & Ho Chi Minh city tours
• 7-night Luxury River Cruise including all excursions, local beer, spirits, soft drinks and regular coffee/tea
• Travel insurance package covering medical, trip interruption & baggage loss

• International Airfare
• Wine/laundry/spa services during Gay River Cruise

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