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UPCOMING: Jan. 1, 2020

Vietnam & Cambodia Gay Cruise

A Mekong River Adventure Starring Miss Conception

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Two Asian nations – and a favourite drag queen – await on Out Adventure's 2020 gay Mekong River cruise. After four days at our favourite five-star hotel in Siem Reap, the Cambodian town that’s home to the legendary Angkor Wat, we’ll board a luxurious, seven-night, all-gay cruise along the Mekong River. Between marvelling at ancient cities and getting lost in time in local villages, Toronto-based diva Miss Conception will stun you with two shows, a trivia night, and private Champagne lap dances in her suite. Alright, perhaps not a lap dance – we can’t let her upstage the stilted villages, Phnom Penh, and gorgeous countryside. To round off the journey, we’ll disembark in Ho Chi Minh City, where ancient collides with modern. Wrap up your holiday here or join us for another five days on our Hanoi & Ha Long Bay Trip Extension listed on this page under “related trips”.

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 46
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 ($4850)/Upper Deck ($5650)

DEPARTURES & PRICES:

Jan. 1, 2020 to Jan. 13, 2020 - 4850.00 USD

HIGHLIGHTS

• Be savagely entertained by Female Delusionist Extraordinaire, Miss Conception
• Attend the Phare Circus
• Watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat
• Take part in a Khmer Cooking Class
• Embark on a seven-night luxury river cruise
• Visit the rare Irrawaddy River Dolphin
• Dine at sensational restaurants that celebrate local cuisine
• Explore Phnom Penh by cyclo (tricycle taxi)
• Pay a sobering visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels
• Spend a full day exploring Ho Chi Minh City

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ITINERARY:

Joom reab sour! Welcome to Cambodia! Siem Reap is a fast-growing resort town, and gateway to the Angkor temple complex. Our trip kicks off at 6PM with a group meeting, dinner and drinks. Tonight’s restaurant celebrates traditional Khmer cooking in a lavish locale. Afterwards, why not join us for drinks at a local gay bar?

We have a massive day ahead of us, beginning with a visit to iconic Angkor Wat, where bas-relief carvings and architecture offer fabulous photography fodder. Lunch will follow in a traditional wooden house. From here, we’ll take a remork (motorized rickshaw) to Angkor Thom, famous for 50 gothic towers, and 200 human faces carved into the stone. In the evening we’ll visit a village surrounded by rice fields followed by some free time to explore or lounge around the pool. We'll reconvene for an included dinner near the hotel.

Watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat is one of the most amazing things you’ll ever see (it just means you’ll have to rise before dawn). After breakfast back at the hotel, we’ll explore favourite ruins like Banteay Srei, a sandstone temple devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. We’ll also visit Ta Prohm. This temple remains overgrown by jungle trees, with many parts crumbling to the ground. It is perhaps most famous, though, as the location where Tomb Raider was filmed. Tonight’s dinner is on the first floor of a beautiful old wooden house. Our day ends with a trip to the circus! It’s put on by the not-for-profit Phare Ponleu Selpak School, where young performing artists from disadvantaged backgrounds bring modern art to life.

After breakfast we’ll transfer to Kampong Cham. The provincial capital is known for its markets and French colonial architecture. A simple boxed lunch will be served 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.

This morning we’ll visit Koh Trong Island, which you can explore by bike or ox cart. After lunch, we’ll moor off Kratie, a French colonial town famous for Irrawaddy River Dolphins. As this is a protected area, we’ll board smaller vessels to search for these glorious cetaceans.

After we sail downstream we’ll visit Koh Okhna Tey, or ‘Silk Island’, to study the entire silk making process from worms to weavers. You’ll also see a demo of the ancient martial art of Bokator.

Explore Cambodia's capital by tricycle taxis known as cyclos. Visit the Silver Pagoda, the National Museum, and the Royal Palace. Our rides come from 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). We’ll overnight in Phnom Penh’s port, so you can explore the city’s nightlife.

After an early sailing to the Vietnam border, there is an optional tour of the working ship and fruit carving classes available. This afternoon, explore the gorgeous canal system of Tan Chau, and visit a Taoist temple where the monks will read fortunes. Help farmers tend their fields in Xi Lois, then visit a fish farm where you can help release their stock into the Mekong River.

Today we moor off Con Phuoc where you can explore the island by tuk-tuk. Visit local woodworking and basket artisans as well as a 100-year old Catholic Church. Then we’ll take a coach trip to visit Gao Giong (‘Green Oasis’), an important bird sanctuary. We’ll board small rowing boats to visit the water birds and egrets that gather by the tens of thousands across the Duong Tharp Muoi, or ‘Plain of Reeds’.

After breakfast the ship moors off Cho Lach island. Discover pot making and other glimpses of delta life, agriculture and Viet hospitality. Afterwards, we cruise downstream to Ben Tre where we’ll travel by sampans through mangroves and bamboo groves to the fruit orchards. The local artisans will share tea, fruit and honey products with us. On our return journey, we travel by horse cart through the lush countryside.

The cruise is over, but our trip is not! This morning we 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, contained hospitals, accommodations and schools during the war. We’ll then check-in to our lavish riverside hotel and freshen up for 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 visit Thien Hau Temple, dedicated to the goddess of seafarers. We delve into Chinatown and 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 an ambitious afternoon, we’ll celebrate with a Farewell Dinner at one of the city’s best restaurants.

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

• Arrival/departure transfers to/from accommodation booked through Out Adventures
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour 
• All meals
• Angkor Temple Tours


• 7-night Luxury River Cruise 
• Phare Circus
• Ho Chi Minh City Tour
• Gratuities for hotel porters, drivers, ship crew and guides


• International airfare
• Other activities, meals and extra costs at hotels not mentioned
• Incidental gratuities (more info will come in trip documents)


• Items of a personal nature
• Visa fees
• Travel insurance – mandatory for all travellers. Visit www.outadventures.com/insurance for more details.


RATING:

Jay S.

Vietnam & Cambodia Mekong River Cruise with Miss C

A beautiful way to see the local culture and give back while vacationing.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

RATING:

Jeff P.

Vietnam & Cambodia Mekong River Cruise with Miss C

Loved every minute of it. Friendly people in each country, great food, relaxing, and endless fun. Made some lasting friendships with fellow travelers.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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